Collier County, is known for its beautiful, healthy beaches.
Wiggins Pass is much more than a popular pristine stretch of beach by virtue of its 166 acres.
You can get a feel for the rest of the flora and fauna that call the park home with a nature tour
Among the wildlife of the park are bald eagles, ospreys, owls, loggerhead sea turtles, West Indian manatees and migratory shorebirds.
The endangered gopher tortoise can also be found there. It is the only tortoise found east of the Mississippi River.
Bring your binoculars and cameras; there will be plenty of opportunities to use both.
There is a small admission fee; vehicle entrance fees cost between $4 and $6, depending on the number of people in the car. Bikers and pedestrians must pay $2. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sundown.
There are shaded picnic areas located between each parking lot and the beach, with boardwalks leading to them.
There are grills and tables available. Warning, consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events where alcohol is permitted within designated areas.
The beach stretches a long way, sand is soft and water is warm! Lots of facilities available including a seating area with BBQ spots and bathrooms etc...
Great place to spend the day or afternoon. There are picnic tables and BBQ's, good toilet facilities and just lovely sat on the beach watching all the birds in abundance.
So relaxing. Bring a good book or your favorite tunes - great beach for walking and exploring.
Food Concessions are located at parking lot #4
Food Concessions are located at parking lot #4 but they will deliver food and drinks a well as lounges and umbrellas to any area in the park.
This Naples Beach Adventures offers beach chair and umbrella, kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals and tours.
Food, beverage and ice cream are now available.
Pets are allowed in this park, but not on the beaches.
They must be well-behaved and kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash at all times.
Pets must not be left unattended, ortaken into restroom facilities or concession areas.
You must "scoop" after your pet (Don't forget your baggies!).
These rules help preserve an important habitat for wildlife. Please do not leave your pets unattended in a vehicle for their safety, as temperatures inside vehicles can be dangerously high.
Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of its visitors. These amenities include:
Accessible outdoor showers
Accessible Observation Tower Trail
Accessible picnic pavilion
Accessible boardwalks and observation decks
Boat ramp chair lift
Fishing Fishing covers a wide area around the park
if you want to do some Shore or Pier Fishing, Check-out the "CLICKABLE - Links" at the bottom of the page, Particularly "Fishing The Pass" ---"Read the Beach" and "Naples Fishing Pier" You'll be glad you did.
There are specific areas designated for anglers to drop their lines in the northern areas of the park.
Boaters will also find the launch area into Turkey Bay easily accessible for most vessels, in order to experience the delicate natural estuaries of the Cocohatchee River, leading out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Guided tours and interpretive programs occur on a regular basis by experienced rangers and volunteers.
You can fish from a vessel in the Gulf, Water Turkey Bay and the Cocohatchee River, except within 300 feet of the park beach along the Gulf of Mexico.
No vessels are permitted to anchor within 100 feet of the designated fishing area, which encompasses the pass.
You may fish from the shoreline along Wiggins Pass or wade fish in Water Turkey Bay. Fishing is prohibited in the swimming areas of the park.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Hiking Nature Trail
The beach at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is the most used non designated trail in the park.
It winds for over a mile north to Wiggins Pass. Beach wheel chairs are available for accessibility for those with special needs that might not allow them to walk on the beach.
Approximately five miles of board walks and sandy areas provide other paths to the beach and picnic areas.
There is a designated Nature Trail that winds through the hammock near the observation tower.Please see the Observation Tower Trail handout.
Boating Kayaking Canoeing
The boat ramp empties you into Water Turkey Bay, which runs via the South Channel into the Cocohatchee River.
The docks at the boat ramp are ADA accessible and a chair lift is available free of charge.
There is a boat ramp fee of $5.00 + tax. This is in addition to the Admission Fee and is free with an annual State Park Pass.
From the Cocohatchee River you can go north via the back bays up into Estero Bay, east up the Cocohatchee River or, as most visitors do, head west into the Gulf of Mexico through Wiggins Pass.
"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.
The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"
From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.
The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf.
By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense.