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Big Lagoon State Park 'View south from observation tower ' © John Bunting
This view is looking south towards the lagoona and across the island towards the Gulf of Mexico from the observation tower at Big Lagoon St. Park.
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Big Lagoon State Park
'View south from observation tower '
© John Bunting

This view is looking south towards the lagoona and across the island towards the Gulf of Mexico from the observation tower at Big Lagoon St. Park.

Everglades National Park
© Rafael Zhadanovskiy

Fort Clinch State Park
'Sea Oats on dunes'
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The Sea Oats on Ft. Clinchs Dunes.

Rocky Bayou State Park
'Nice Cypress tree'
© John Bunting

Beautiful cypress along the shore at Rocky Bayou

Madison Blue Springs State Park
'Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee, Florida'
© Marcine E Lohman

Swimmers enjoying the cool water at Madison Blue Spring State Park near Lee, Florida

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
'Sunshine On My Shoulders.'
© Katrina Batson

Anhinga drying his feathers.

Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park
'Horseshoe crab'
© John Bunting

Thousands of these were washed up on beach on bay side

Alafia River State Park
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Rocky Bayou State Park
'Raw Oyster'
© John Bunting

freshly shucked oyster

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
'Butterflies and Lilly'
© Katrina Batson

Drinking from the Hurricane Lilly.

Florida Caverns State Park
© John Bunting

Florida's Southwest Region Parks


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National Wildlife Refuges
12
State Parks

Parks in this region are near these Florida Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
FORT MYERS
BONITA SPRINGS
CAPE CORAL
NAPLES
NORTH FORT MYERS
PORT CHARLOTTE
IMMOKALEE
ESTERO
PUNTA GORDA
LABELLE
CLEWISTON
LEHIGH ACRES
MARCO ISLAND
ENGLEWOOD

Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge NWR, administered as a satellite refuge of J.N. Ding Darling NWR, is located in Lee County on the Caloosahatchee River within the city of Fort Myers. The refuge was established by President Woodrow Wilson on July 1, 1920, through Executive Order 3299 as a ........more >
Caloosahatchee River State Park
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Cayo Costa State Park
With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks, and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. The park is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the park, as well as a ........more >
Charlotte Harbor State Park
Ringing Charlotte Harbor like a necklace of mangroves, the park provides vast areas of unspoiled scenery and vital habitat for many varieties of wildlife. The upland areas of the park are accessible at pedestrian walk-through's available in each section of the park. The Charlotte Harbor Environmental ........more >
Collier-Seminole State Park
This park features a wealth of vegetation and wildlife typical of the Everglades, plus a forest made up of tropical trees. Although rare elsewhere, the Florida royal palm is a common tree here. The park is also the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge. ........more >
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
One of the most popular seashore destinations in Naples, this park's mile-long stretch of white sugar sand has been rated as one of the best beaches in the nation. The beach is popular for sunbathing, swimming, beachcombing, snorkeling, and picnicking. Fishing at the beach along Wiggins Pass, where ........more >
Don Pedro Island State Park
This beautiful little island is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro is accessible only by private boat. Boaters can tie up at the dock on the bay side of the island, which is lined with ........more >
Gasparilla Island State Park
Separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. The centerpiece of Gasparilla is the restored Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and nature study are popular activities. Shelling is ........more >
Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Island Bay NWR, administered as a satellite of the J.N. Ding Darling NWR, is located in the Cape Haze area of Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte County, Florida--southwest of Punta Gorda. The Refuge was established as a . . . preserve and breeding ground for native birds on October 23, 1908, through Executive ........more >
Koreshan State Park
Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build New Jerusalem for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, ........more >
Lovers Key State Park
For years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, ........more >
Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge
Matlacha Pass NWR, administered as a satellite refuge of J.N. Ding Darling NWR, is located within the Matlacha Pass Charlotte Harbor estuary, Lee County, Florida, approximately 8 miles northwest of Fort Myers. On September 26, 1908, three small islands were established as a . . . preserve and breeding ........more >
Mound Key Archeological State Park
Framed in forests of mangrove trees, the shell mounds and ridges of Mound Key rise more than 30 feet above the waters of Estero Bay. Prehistoric Native Americans are credited with creating this island's complex of mounds with an accumulation of seashells, fish bones, and pottery. Mound Key is believed ........more >
Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge
The Pine Island NWR is located on the southwest coast of Florida, north of Sanibel Island in the Pine Island Sound. It is administered as part of the J.N. Ding Darling NWR. The refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt through Executive Order 939 in 1908 to protect the thousands of herons, ........more >
Port Charlotte Beach State Park
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Stump Pass Beach State Park
At the southwest corner of Charlotte County there is a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up, and anglers fish the surf for prize catches. Visitors can enjoy an excellent view of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a stretch of undeveloped Florida coastline. Visitors come to this secluded ........more >
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