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Anyone have any tips on primitive camping on the Anclote State Preserve off Tarpon Springs? Planning to take a trip during the week with the pup before it gets too hot and looking for any insights (anchoring issues, tides, congestion, etc.). Did some reading on state parks web site and realize we'd be limited to North Anclote. Would bring water, Thermocell, tent, camp stove, etc.

Expecting to go before Tax Day.

Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Guess Zane and I are going to be pioneers and will report back on our trek.
 

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Sorry I've never camped there. I have camped at the shell key preserve near Ft DeSoto, which looks like a similar island.

Tip? Sure.

- Anchoring is important, duh. First trip one of my anchors came loose and my boat ended up on the beach. Now I anchor differently. First, you must be bow out. Lots of guys just beach their boats and get into trouble. I use a seaclaw anchor with 3ft of chain and plenty of rode off the bow. The rear I use a spare anchor, but I carry it above the water line, and bury it atleast a foot deep. Or I will use my stake out rod, but it must be secure.

- Fire, you normally must bring your own wood, and are supposed to clean up after yourself. Dig a fire pit! I bring a camp shovel and dig a pit about a foot deep and 3ft wide. It keeps the wind off of it a bit, and at the end of the trip to clean up you just fill in the hole you made. Any extra wood you have I leave high on the beach for the next campers. I appreciate when others do this.

- Don't forget a poopy bucket. I have one with a toilet seat made for the 5 gallon. We just drop a trash bag in it, and toss it in the trash when we get back to the dock.

- Baby wipes and purell. There's no showers or sinks out there.

Everything else is your typical camping stuff. Water, food, .....
 

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Thanks Firecat1981. Picked up a 5-gal bucket toilet seat at Academy. Have a good guardian anchor with chain, PowerPole and beach stake. The wipes and sanitizer are helpful suggestions to the usual gear. Also ran into a buddy who used to live in Tampa and camped @ Anclote. Gave me some good spots and fishing intel.
 

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I have fished out of there a couple times, and I do plan on doing a couple camping trips out there. Please let me know how it is!
 

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As a Tarpon Springs resident who has fished around Anclote a lot, I can tell you this... 1) bring lots of insect repellent and 2) it will be primitive camping...if you're going to need it, you'd better bring it.
 

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I grew up in New Port Richey and basically camped on Anclote/Anclote Sandbar every good-weather weekend in my late teens/early 20s. Will DM you my contact info if you would like to discuss.
 

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I grew up in New Port Richey and basically camped on Anclote/Anclote Sandbar every good-weather weekend in my late teens/early 20s. Will DM you my contact info if you would like to discuss.
Post up your tips, I'm sure you have more experience then most there.
 

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Finally got in touch with the ranger and the only camping spot they allow dogs is the small sandbar off North Anclote Key. He couldn't tell me the elevation at high tide, so rather than a wasted trip I'll be camping and fishing my home waters instead. Thanks for the info, though.
 
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