Visited St Joseph Peninsula State Park on Sept 15-16 2007. The park is really beautiful. We set up camp at one of the gulf side sites that have both water and electricity. The park's sites can be easily reviewed and booked on [--]. The gulf side sites had two bathrooms with showers that were very clean.
The camp area has an abundance of wildlife like ghost crabs, and lizards. The beaches have lots of little crabs, larger crabs, shells and birds. There were some fish but other than that i didnt see much in the water. If you head from the beach entrance by the camp sites south to the next entrance (across from the boat launch on bay side) and go out into the water there onto the sandbar you're likely to find sting rays which are really cool!. Turtles nest on the beach for several months a year but you can't really see anything and I didn't visit the beaches at night so as not to disturb any nests. On the beach side, if you choose to walk one entrance north and walk along the boards there you can see deer, snakes, and a lot of birds. On the Hammock Bay trail I came across a cottonmouth viper! It wasn't agressive, and my friend even walked right by it without it moving, but it was extremely cool. There is also a canoe/kayak put in down by the rocks on the bay side (out of park) where you can see literally thousands of tiny crabs running around.
If you're into nature you'll likely love this place. It's really relaxing, quiet, and just a great time.
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