Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.
Gloria Beauchamp, Park Manager
"I invite you to come out and enjoy your beautiful park and consider being our Friend."
Participants run and walk the5k trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. The course ends on the beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Refreshments are then served and awards presented at the pavilion overlooking the beach.
Maribeth Richards ran the 2016 race. Here's what she had to say when she finished:
"I loved running this race course, especially the shady portion of the trail. I loved finishing on the beach, where after the race I jumped in the Gulf to cool off!"
Check our Turtle Trot event page to meet our 2016 sponsors and see our plans for the 12th Annual, May 2017!
Join us for a evening paddle through the estuary inside Lovers Key State Park. This guided tour will transport you back to old time Florida as you glide through the waterways. A Lovers Key Adventure guide will point out the wildlife and amaze you with the stories of the bearded pirate of Black Island and the hidden treasure rumored to remain.
Tour cost $15 per person FOLKS members, $20 non-members, includes park entrance fee. Kayak rental is $38 for single, $58 double. Kayak rental costs will be donated back to FOLKS from our generous sponsor Lovers Key Adventures. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor from Michigan
“The kayak tour was one of the best things we've ever done together. We learned so much, and experienced birds and sealife up close like never before.”
Across the country on National Public Lands Day, citizens will give back to the properties that offer them so much. Friends of Lovers Key, Inc will host a workday Saturday, Sept. 24th, 9am -12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park Rangers and Volunteers to maintain trails, remove exotic invasive plant species, and pick up litter to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and excellent habitat for the park's wildlife.
Pre-registration for this workday is required. To register, please contact the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.
Join Park Naturalists to learn about marine species; seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. Check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot.
A special thank you goes to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) who sponsors this program.
Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.