Fort DeSoto

Tierra Verde, Florida
Administrado por The Swim Guide - Florida

The natural integrity and beauty of Ft. Desoto beach has been preserved. This is an ideal location for a family beach weekend that can be educational, adventurous and relaxing.

Ft. Desoto is a collection of islands located off the tip of Pinellas county at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Some of the first inhabitants in the area were the Tocobaga Indians. In 1539 Hernado De Soto and his conquistadors arrived in Tampa Bay. De Soto's arrival began the exploration of the Southeastern US by the Spanish and the subsequent conquest of the native people. In 1898, the US became involved in a conflict with Cuba which led to the Spanish-American war. The residents of Tampa Bay demanded protection and it quickly became the port of embarkation for US troops. In 1899, workers began making the fort out of shells, cement and stone. When completed the wall was 8-20 feet thick. Ft. Desoto was never a site for any major battle, and after WWII the fort was sold to Pinellas County. Today, beach visitors can visit and tour the fort.

Other activities for beach goers include 7 miles of waterfront, 238 camping sites, 15 picnic sites, an 800 foot boat launch, dog park, canoe trail, nature walking trails, seven miles of paved trail, and swim centers with concession, restrooms, and lifeguard on duty during the summer.

This site is an excellent example of what Florida looked like pre-settlement. It's 1,136 acres is home to wetlands, mangroves, palm hammocks, and hardwoods. It is also a nesting site for 209 species of birds and the loggerhead sea turtle.

Visitors are asked to help preserve the integrity of the beach. Admission is a daily parking fee of $5 and annual passes are also available.

CALIDAD DE AGUA
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Estado Histórico
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on Diciembre 3rd, 2018. 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
18°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled semanalmente from 1 Enero to 31 Diciembre

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. Pinellas 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. Samples are collected year round, however the peak season is from March to November. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday.
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

Fort DeSoto

Tierra Verde, Florida
Administrado por The Swim Guide - Florida

CALIDAD DE AGUA
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Estado Histórico
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on Diciembre 3rd, 2018. 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
18°C
A mix of sun and clouds

The natural integrity and beauty of Ft. Desoto beach has been preserved. This is an ideal location for a family beach weekend that can be educational, adventurous and relaxing.

Ft. Desoto is a collection of islands located off the tip of Pinellas county at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Some of the first inhabitants in the area were the Tocobaga Indians. In 1539 Hernado De Soto and his conquistadors arrived in Tampa Bay. De Soto's arrival began the exploration of the Southeastern US by the Spanish and the subsequent conquest of the native people. In 1898, the US became involved in a conflict with Cuba which led to the Spanish-American war. The residents of Tampa Bay demanded protection and it quickly became the port of embarkation for US troops. In 1899, workers began making the fort out of shells, cement and stone. When completed the wall was 8-20 feet thick. Ft. Desoto was never a site for any major battle, and after WWII the fort was sold to Pinellas County. Today, beach visitors can visit and tour the fort.

Other activities for beach goers include 7 miles of waterfront, 238 camping sites, 15 picnic sites, an 800 foot boat launch, dog park, canoe trail, nature walking trails, seven miles of paved trail, and swim centers with concession, restrooms, and lifeguard on duty during the summer.

This site is an excellent example of what Florida looked like pre-settlement. It's 1,136 acres is home to wetlands, mangroves, palm hammocks, and hardwoods. It is also a nesting site for 209 species of birds and the loggerhead sea turtle.

Visitors are asked to help preserve the integrity of the beach. Admission is a daily parking fee of $5 and annual passes are also available.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled semanalmente from 1 Enero to 31 Diciembre

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. Pinellas 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. Samples are collected year round, however the peak season is from March to November. Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday.
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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