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Estero Bay Preserve State Park

Estero , Florida 33928

Contact Information
Managed by Koreshan State Historic Site
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero , Florida 33928

(239) 992-0311

Hours of Operation
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Admission Fee:

No entrance fee is required to enter this park.

The first aquatic preserve established in Florida, this is one of the most productive estuaries in the state. The bay is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the bald eagle. The preserve protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay. Visitors can canoe or kayak in the bay or on the Estero River. Launch facilities are available at Koreshan State Historic Site and Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park. Miles of trails offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bicycle, or study the variety of wildlife and native vegetation protected here. There are gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, slash pines, and live oaks. Located near Estero, between Fort Myers and Naples. Take the Corkscrew Road exit from I-75, go west on Corkscrew Road, turn right on U.S. 41. Turn west (left) on Broadway West. Public access point is on the north (right) side of the road next to the Florida Power & Light substation.

Getting Here
To Estero River Scrub: I 75 to Corkscrew Rd exit 123. Travel west on Corkscrew Rd. At intersection with US 41, turn north (right) onto US 41. Turn west (left) onto Broadway W. Public access point is on the north (right) side of the road next to the FPL substation. To Winkler Point: I 75 to Daniels Rd exit 131. Travel west on Daniels Rd. Turn south (left) onto 6 Mile Cypress Parkway. Turn left (south) onto Summerlin Rd. Turn south (left) onto Winkler Road. Public access point is at the end.

To Preserve Office: The Preserve Office is co-located with the park office at Koreshan State Park. Take I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew Road, head west 2 miles, cross U.S. 41 and continue on Corkscrew Road approximately 1000 yards to entrance of park. If traveling U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Koreshan is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road at Estero.

Activities

BICYCLING

Bike areas are provided


BOATING

Boating is available


CANOEING & KAYAKING

For those of you interested in launching a boat, kayak, or canoe, the Preserve has no such facilities, but Koreshan State Historic Site does have a boat ramp along the Estero River.

Participation Requirements


FISHING

Fishing is allowed in designated areas


HIKING/NATURE TRAIL

The Estero River Scrub has four trails with a combined length of about 10 miles. Visitors hiking to the river can stop to rest at one of the benches located along the bank. At Winkler Point, the observation decks along the trail are a good place to view waterfowl and wading birds. Gopher tortoises, warblers, wrens and woodpeckers are commonly seen.


RESTROOM FACILITIES

Restroom facilities are not available at this park.


WILDLIFE VIEWING

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park