Simmons Park Beach

Ruskin, Florida

Photo by M. Gemstone

This beach access is in the county operated E.G. Simmons Park. The park consists of 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas with another 200 acres of mangrove swamp along its borders that serve as a preserve. Waterways meander through the area that has proven popular with outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s. The park Some of the activities enjoyed are camping, fishing, birding, picnicking and beachcombing. Hours are seasonal, with extended hours during warmer seasons. Admission/use fee schedule applies. Onsite amenities include 87 campsites,canoe/ boat launch, fishing piers, areas for bank fishing, beach volleyball court, canoe rentals, playground, potable water and restrooms. 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 October 6th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:16 PM.
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Current Weather
31°C
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

Simmons Park 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

Simmons Park Beach

Ruskin, 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 October 6th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:16 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
31°C
Mostly clear

Photo by M. Gemstone

This beach access is in the county operated E.G. Simmons Park. The park consists of 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas with another 200 acres of mangrove swamp along its borders that serve as a preserve. Waterways meander through the area that has proven popular with outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s. The park Some of the activities enjoyed are camping, fishing, birding, picnicking and beachcombing. Hours are seasonal, with extended hours during warmer seasons. Admission/use fee schedule applies. Onsite amenities include 87 campsites,canoe/ boat launch, fishing piers, areas for bank fishing, beach volleyball court, canoe rentals, playground, potable water and restrooms. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply.

Monitoring Frequency

Simmons Park 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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