Alligator Point

Alligator Point, Florida

Bald Point State Park is located on Alligator Point and bordered by Alligator Harbor, Ochlockonee Bay, Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is near the Franklin/Wakulla county line in the Big Bend region and is often referred to as Tallahassee's closest beach. Popular for its birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, the park consists of 4,065 upland acres with diversified habitats of coastal marshes, pine flatwoods and oak thickets. The migration patterns of bald eagles and monarch butterflies allure spectators during the fall. Visitors also partake in fishing, kayaking/canoeing, swimming, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and bicycling. Many visitors enjoy exploring Chaires Creek as it connects Tucker Lake to Ochlockonee Bay. The beach accesses are located along the shores of Apalachee Bay. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round. Admission/use fee schedule applies. No lifeguards are on duty. Onsite amenities include kayak/canoe launches, pavilions grills, restrooms and a small fishing pier. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply. Photo Courtesy of YourWorldExplorer on Panoramio.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide - Florida updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
17°C
Fog
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Alligator Point is sampled bi-weekly from March 1st to November 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) adopted new water quality criteria January 2016 for the Healthy Beaches program. They reflect the most current recommendations and water quality grant requirements in the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Franklin County beaches are monitored by the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Monitoring results are collected bi-weekly on Monday and results are posted to the Florida Healthy beaches website on Thursday or Friday. Samples are collected year round at some of Florida's beaches, however Franklin County's monitoring season is from March to November. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the peak swimming season.

The Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water;
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and;
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

The 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria recommends using 70 CFU per 100 mL as the Beach Action Value (BAV) to guide public health advisories. A Single Sample Maximum (SSM) at 70 CFU per 100 ml and a BAV are functionally the same. If the sample result is above the indicated value, the beach is resampled and tested the following day or a beach advisory is issued with the first test result. The Healthy Beaches program no longer uses geometric means to represent recreational water quality data.

On Swim Guide a beach is marked Green when it has a Good standing meaning the SSM test results show Enterococci counts between 0- 35 cfu (colony forming units) / 100ml.
Swim Guide marks a beach Red when it has a Moderate or Poor standing. This means the SSM test results show Enterococci counts in the Moderate range of 35 - 70 cfu / 100 ml of water or when it exceeds the BAV of 70 cfu/100ml. These conservative advisories better inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.
A beach is marked Grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Please note: Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, also called flesh eating disease, is a naturally occurring bacteria in some of Florida's waters. This bacteria can be lethal, especially when contracted by individuals with compromised immune systems. Concentrations of the bacteria are higher in the mouths of rivers near oceans. The bacteria is most dangerous when ingested in raw seafood but recent deaths are attributed to individuals who have waded in water with broken skin. Beach goers are urged to use caution and consult a physician if you suspect you have come in contact with the bacteria.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Alligator Point

Alligator Point, Florida

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide - Florida updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
17°C
Fog

Bald Point State Park is located on Alligator Point and bordered by Alligator Harbor, Ochlockonee Bay, Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is near the Franklin/Wakulla county line in the Big Bend region and is often referred to as Tallahassee's closest beach. Popular for its birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, the park consists of 4,065 upland acres with diversified habitats of coastal marshes, pine flatwoods and oak thickets. The migration patterns of bald eagles and monarch butterflies allure spectators during the fall. Visitors also partake in fishing, kayaking/canoeing, swimming, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and bicycling. Many visitors enjoy exploring Chaires Creek as it connects Tucker Lake to Ochlockonee Bay. The beach accesses are located along the shores of Apalachee Bay. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round. Admission/use fee schedule applies. No lifeguards are on duty. Onsite amenities include kayak/canoe launches, pavilions grills, restrooms and a small fishing pier. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply. Photo Courtesy of YourWorldExplorer on Panoramio.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Alligator Point is sampled bi-weekly from March 1st to November 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) adopted new water quality criteria January 2016 for the Healthy Beaches program. They reflect the most current recommendations and water quality grant requirements in the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Franklin County beaches are monitored by the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Monitoring results are collected bi-weekly on Monday and results are posted to the Florida Healthy beaches website on Thursday or Friday. Samples are collected year round at some of Florida's beaches, however Franklin County's monitoring season is from March to November. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the peak swimming season.

The Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water;
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and;
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

The 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria recommends using 70 CFU per 100 mL as the Beach Action Value (BAV) to guide public health advisories. A Single Sample Maximum (SSM) at 70 CFU per 100 ml and a BAV are functionally the same. If the sample result is above the indicated value, the beach is resampled and tested the following day or a beach advisory is issued with the first test result. The Healthy Beaches program no longer uses geometric means to represent recreational water quality data.

On Swim Guide a beach is marked Green when it has a Good standing meaning the SSM test results show Enterococci counts between 0- 35 cfu (colony forming units) / 100ml.
Swim Guide marks a beach Red when it has a Moderate or Poor standing. This means the SSM test results show Enterococci counts in the Moderate range of 35 - 70 cfu / 100 ml of water or when it exceeds the BAV of 70 cfu/100ml. These conservative advisories better inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.
A beach is marked Grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Please note: Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, also called flesh eating disease, is a naturally occurring bacteria in some of Florida's waters. This bacteria can be lethal, especially when contracted by individuals with compromised immune systems. Concentrations of the bacteria are higher in the mouths of rivers near oceans. The bacteria is most dangerous when ingested in raw seafood but recent deaths are attributed to individuals who have waded in water with broken skin. Beach goers are urged to use caution and consult a physician if you suspect you have come in contact with the bacteria.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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