Davis Island Beach

Tampa, Florida

Photo by James Butler

Technically an archipelago, Davis Island was constructed by filling two small natural islands at the mouth of the Hillsborough River with dredged mud from Tampa Bay during the 1920s. D.P. Davis was a Tampa native and land developer who envisioned a resort community with golf course, hotels and an airport. The development slowed when the land boom stalled, and Davis was lost at sea in 1926. The nationally designated architecture of the area lends its charming atmosphere to the pet friendly park. Adjacent to the island’s Yacht Club and Seaplane Basin, the park offers two separate areas. One of the areas accesses 200 feet along the water’s edge. Onsite amenities include off-leash areas, picnic areas, canoe/boat launches, water spigots and benches. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 2nd, 2022. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 10th, 2022 at 6:53 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Davis Island Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program. FHB may recollect water samples from a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated by Tampa Bay Waterkeeper (www.tampabaywaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water.

Local sampling programs collect bi-weekly recreational water samples to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available.

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

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Davis Island Beach

Tampa, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 2nd, 2022. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 10th, 2022 at 6:53 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Photo by James Butler

Technically an archipelago, Davis Island was constructed by filling two small natural islands at the mouth of the Hillsborough River with dredged mud from Tampa Bay during the 1920s. D.P. Davis was a Tampa native and land developer who envisioned a resort community with golf course, hotels and an airport. The development slowed when the land boom stalled, and Davis was lost at sea in 1926. The nationally designated architecture of the area lends its charming atmosphere to the pet friendly park. Adjacent to the island’s Yacht Club and Seaplane Basin, the park offers two separate areas. One of the areas accesses 200 feet along the water’s edge. Onsite amenities include off-leash areas, picnic areas, canoe/boat launches, water spigots and benches. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply.

Monitoring Frequency

Davis Island Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program. FHB may recollect water samples from a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated by Tampa Bay Waterkeeper (www.tampabaywaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water.

Local sampling programs collect bi-weekly recreational water samples to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available.

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

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Water Quality Graph

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