T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 119
About: With miles of white sugar sand, this park has one of the top rated beaches in the United States. Sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming are popular activities along the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. From offshore, canoeists and kayakers can take in a superb view of the high dunes and sand pine scrub. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. As a coastal barrier peninsula, St. Joseph provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; over 240 species have been sighted in the park. A boat ramp is located at Eagle Harbor on the bay side. Campers can stay in a full-facility campground, a short walk from the beach, or at primitive campsites in the wilderness preserve. Eight cabins on the bay side offer alternative overnight accommodations.
Two camping areas provide 119 campsites with water and electricity. The Shady Pines campground is secluded and shaded. Gulf Breeze sites, located behind the primary dune system adjacent the beach, are relatively open. Pets are welcome at the campsites. Restroom and showers are located in both campgrounds. The beach is a short walk from both campsites. The park’s boat ramp provides access to St. Joseph Bay.
Maximum RV length = 40 ft.
Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica.
The primitive group camp area offers a primitive campsite to organized groups of up to 60 people. Check in and checkout time is noon, EST. Restrooms, cold water outdoor showers, picnic tables and fire rings are available. Reservations for the primitive group camp facility may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling the park at (850) 227-1327.
Camping is allowed in the Wilderness Preserve for a maximum of 14 nights at $4.00/person/night. No facilities are available. Campers must bring their own supplies. Campers are also responsible to pack-it-in/pack-it-out. Pets are not permitted. Reservations for up to 15 people may be made up to 11 months in advance by contacting the park at (850) 227-1327. On day of arrival, access may be obtained by phone for boaters wishing to come from outside the park, credit card payment is required. Registered campers must arrive at least one hour prior to sunset and must checkout with park personnel.
The youth camping area offers a primitive camp site to organized groups of up to 30. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times. Check in and checkout time is at noon, EST. Restrooms, cold water outdoor showers, picnic tables and fire rings are available. Reservations for the youth camp may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling the park at (850) 227-1327.
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