Egmont Key

Light House on Egmont Key

Egmont Key is a secluded island at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The key is now a State Park and wildlife refuge. It is only accessible by boat.

Egmont Key History

Egmont Key has a rich history prior to becoming a Florida State Park. The lighthouse on the north end of the island has stood since 1858. The island was a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War. During the civil war, it was occupied by the Union Navy. Fort Dade was built in 1898 and remained active until 1923.

Light House on Egmont Key


There are many things to experience on the key.

  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Shelling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Fort Dade ruins
  • Lighthouse


Due to the secluded nature of the island amenities are limited.

  • Beach
  • Historic Site
  • Nature Trail
  • No drinking water
  • No restroom facilities
  • Picnic tables

The State Park is open from 8 am to sunset, 365 days a year. No fee required. Bring your own water, food, and sunscreen as there are no stores on the island. Captain Sal provides boat tours to Egmont Key. Call him today at (727) 641-9481.

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