John Chesnut Sr. Park

This park is home to various wildlife. Raccoons, alligators, various waterfowl, hawks, vultures, tortoises/turtles, snakes, etc. reside in this park, and provide many pleasant hours for nature enthusiasts and families. Lake Tarpon, immediately adjacent, is five miles long and one mile wide, generally 8-12 feet deep. This park is a popular launching site for several fishing tournaments each year. Lake Tarpon can accommodate boats with combustion engines, and provides great fun for water skiers and jet skiers. Additionally, a canoe trail is a landlocked waterway connected to an interior lake, but can only accommodate non-combustion engines. For those who prefer sports, a softball field and a beach volleyball court are available first come, first served—bring your own equipment. There are three nature trails, each approximately 3,000 feet in length. The North Trail begins at Shelter #10, running through a cypress swamp to the canoe trail—it does not loop back. The Peggy Park Trail features a self-guided walk with brochure. The elevated boardwalk runs along the boat ramp, leading to an elevated lookout tower for a scenic overview of Lake Tarpon. Swimming is prohibited inside the park.

Park Diagram

Shelter Reservation

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There are 13 picnic shelters. Shelters may be reserved 365 days per year, up to one year in advance. There is a boat ramp with six lanes and parking spaces for vehicles-with-trailers. A fishing pier is available-a freshwater license may be required (inquire with the Tax collector's office.) The park has grills and picnic tables throughout the grounds, two playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, a softball field, water fountains, and restrooms. A Paw Playground was added in 2003, a great addition for almost 800,000 visitors.

X Picnic Area X Boating
X Playgrounds X Boat Ramps
X Shelters X Fishing
X Pets Allowed X Kayak Trail
X Dog Park X Canoeing
  Concessions X Bicycling
X Trails X Baseball Field
  Camping X Volleyball
  RV Park X Horse Shoes
  Camp Fires   Disc Golf
  Swimming X Rest Rooms

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2200 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34685



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