Don't be misled: it's not a fishing pier that you can see in the photos but a bird dock. This construction isn't appropriate for fishing since it consists of single logs with no deck. You can view it in detail in the video below.
The refuge is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Levy County. To get to Atsena Otie Key Beach, drive southwest along State Road 24 till the road ends. Leave your car on the parking lot, go to the nearest boat ramp, and sail to the refuge by boat.
Driving Time (till the end of State Road 24)
- 1 hour 10 minutes from Gainesville, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Tampa, FL
- 2 hours 25 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Atsena Otie Key Beach (Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge) which you can visit: