How to Get to Anclote Key & Lighthouse

Anclote Key Preserve State Park is composed of Anclote Key plus smaller islands on the north end, Three Rooker Islands (currently two islands) to the south, and North Bar to the north.  All of these islands are located three miles offshore (see map below). 

A boat is required to get to these islands; no causeways or roadways exist.  If you have  a boat,  the closest launches are Anclote River Park and Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.  There are no public docks on the islands.  Boaters must anchor offshore or beach their boats.  The islands are accessible by kayak, canoe, and paddle board, but if you plan to visit in this manner, please be mindful of winds and tides.  

If you do not have a boat, you may be interested in renting a boat or hiring a boat and captain.  Here are companies who provide these services:


These ferry services provide access to the island but NOT the lighthouse:

Ferry service from the Sponge Docks to the South part of the island

Ferry service from New Port Richey to the North part of the island:

If you plan to visit the lighthouse, you may do so at any time.  A boardwalk leads from a lagoon on the south end of Anclote Key to the lighthouse.  The boardwalk takes you to about 20 feet from the lighthouse where it is enclosed by a chain link fence.  The lighthouse is open for climbing the second weekend of each month Oct-May.  See the Lighthouse Open House page on this website for more information.  

Please remember!  Dogs are NOT permitted on any of the islands of Anclote Key and Three Rooker.  These islands are completely natural and designated as wildlife sanctuaries.  Dogs are allowed on North Bar on six-foot leashes.

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