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Estero Bay Preserve State Park
ESTERO BAY PRESERVE STATE PARK
ESTERO BAY PRESERVE STATE PARK
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, Florida   33928

Phone: 239-992-0311
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.
History of the Area
Estero Bay Preserve State Park encompasses approximately 10,000 acres, and continues to grow as more environmentally sensitive land is acquired. Originally called the Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve, the land was purchased to protect the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve from the impacts associated with development. The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve was the first aquatic preserve designated under Florida Statutes, in 1966, and the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) managed the aquatic and buffer preserves. In January 1, 2004, the preserve became known as the Estero Bay Preserve State Park and is managed in conjunction with Koreshan State Historic Site and Mound Key Archeological State Park, under the Department of Recreation and Parks (DRP). The aquatic preserve is still managed by CAMA. Preservation and the protection of Estero Bay's water quality is a primary focus of the managing partnership between CAMA and DRP.
Canoeing
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.


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March 27 Favorite place to visit by Wayne t. Helfrich
I have one complaint and that is that dogs are allowed (supposedly on leash). I have witnessed dogs running free weith their owners nearby. I have also seen two gopher tortoises found dead of very obvious dog predation in the past two years. Of course they could have been killed by coyotes but they were definitely victims of canine teeth and tracks were seen nearby. In my humble opinion, Dog have no business on nature poreserves, leashed or not


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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.

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