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Despite the heavy urbanization of Pinellas County, it supports a variety of means for people to get back
to nature on the water. Sport fishing and boating are done even in the heavily impacted areas, such as
Boca Ciega Bay. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming and nature observation are popular in other parts of
the county. In addition, some spoil islands are used for camping. There are several state parks that
help ensure these opportunities will remain available. However, Anclote Key Preserve State Park,
Caladesi Island State Park and Egmont Key State Park are only accessible by private boat or ferry.
Segment 8 of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater
Paddling Trail passes through Pinellas County.
Boaters at Shell Key
July 07, 2011
2012 State of Florida