National Parks and State  Parks in Lee County Florida

National Parks
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State Parks
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Lee County, Florida




Lee County, Florida ~ National and State Parks

 


 

 

 

Cayo Costa State Park
No Address at this location as it is boat in or boat out only.

GPS 26° 41'08.83" N    82° 14'43.66" W ( Dock at park )

14 boat slips up to 30 feet in length.

Weather Boca Grande Florida 33921   tide chart near Cayo Costa State Park florida

 

beach only accessible by boat at cayo costa state park

 

 


Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, FL 33957

GPS 26° 26'42.52" N    82° 06'48.47" W
( Entrance to refuge )

NOAA St. James City, Pine Island 8725393

ding darling national wildlife refuge

 

 


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Gasparilla Island State Park
Gulf Boulevard and Belcher Road
Boca Grande, FL 33921

GPS 26° 43'10.37" N    82° 15'41.00" W
( Above intersection )

NOAA Port Boca Grande, Charlotte 8725577

This location appears on both on the Charlotte County page and the Lee County page due to it's unique location.

beach at gasparilla state park

 

 


Koreshan State Park
estero bay at koreshan state park 3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Hours: 8am to sunset - 365 days a year

GPS 26° 25'57.71" N    81° 48'55.01" W
( Park entrance )

GPS 26° 26'12.15" N    81° 49'10.71" W
(Waters edge at ramp )

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This Florida state park offers visitors the ability to go boating, hiking, camping, fishing and picnicking.

camping at koreshan state park
A full facility campground is available for those who want to experience more than a day trip. There are 60 campsites in the woods and 12 are tent camping only. Each campsite has water, electricity, a table and a grill. There is a central bathroom facility with a washer and dryer. Pets are allowed as long as they have vaccination papers with them. (Well, their owners probably need to hang on to the papers.) The park has a wastewater dump statiion for RV's. RV's are limited to maximum length of 40' in this park.


kayaking and fishing along estaero bay
Want to catch some great fish? The water in the Estero River is brackish and it's possible to catch mullet, redfish and snook. If you boat down the river about 3 miles you will reach Estero Bay and plenty of saltwater fishing opportunities.

Koreshan State Park has an unusual history. In 1894 Cyrus Reed Teed came to Estero and founded a religious colony called Koreshan Unity. He and his followers believed in the concept of cellular cosmogony - i.e. the earth is a concave sphere. In short, the last members of the colony deeded the land and the settlement buildings to the State of Florida in 1961. These buildings have been designated as a State Historic Site. You can go on a self or a ranger guided tour of the buildings that still remain.

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Lovers Key State Park
lovers key state park sunsets 8700 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
(239) 463-4588

GPS 26° 23'28.91" N    81° 52'15.76" W
( Entrance )

 

 

 

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aerial view of lovers key state park
Lovers Key State Park, also known as Carl E. Johnson State Park, encompasses four barrier islands and covers a total area of 1616 acres. The barrier islands are Lovers Key, Black Island, Inner Key and Long Key.

 

Fishing off these 4 barrier islands is always popular. Estero Bay lies to the Northeast of Black Island, Big Carlos Bay is to the West and Northwest, and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is excellent off the western side of Lovers Key and the south end of the island. The most commonly caught species are trout, redfish, snook and tarpon.

Near the southern end of Lovers Key, the park has its own fishing pier, allowing you to fish on the inland side of the island.

beach at lovers key state park florida
There is a beach on Lovers Key that is 2 ½ miles long and can be reached by the boardwalk or by a tram.

Black Island is another of the barrier islands that make up this Florida state park. There are more than 5 miles of trails here - great for riding a bike or hiking. The trails are hard-packed shell material. Leashed pets are allowed in the park but not on the beach. Black Island also has a boat ramp, lots of picnicking areas, 9 picnic pavillions, barbecue grills, restrooms, a gazebo and a playground.

There are 2 outdoor shower facilities - these are in the main parking lot and at the south beach.

Are you into geocaching? There are 7 caches located throughout Lovers Key State Park.

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Areas in Lee County Florida Include; Alva, Boca Grande, Bokeelia, Bonita Springs, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Cape Coral, Captiva, Charleston Park, Cypress Lake, East Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Shores, Gateway, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Matlacha ( on Matlacha Island ), Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, McGregor, North Fort Myers, Olga, Page Park, Palmona Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland ( on Pine Island ), Punta Rassa, Sanibel, San Carlos Park, South Fort Myers, St. James City, Suncoast Estates, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas and Whiskey Creek.
Areas of Brackish and Saltwater in Lee County Florida Include; Big Jim Creek, Black Bay, Broadway Channel, Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, Daughtrey Creek, Dinken Bayou, Esteroo Bay, Estero River, Fish Trap Bay, Fourty Acre Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Halloway Bayou, Hancock Creek, Hardworking Bayou, Hell Peckney Bay, Hendry Creek, Hurricane Bay, Jewfish Creek, Jug Creek, Ladyfinger Lake, Little Bokeelia Bay, Little Hickory Bay, Little Pine Creek, Manatee Bay, Marsh Point Creek, Matalacha Pass, Oyster Creek, Pejuan Cove, Pine Island Sound, Powell Creek, Punta Blanca Bay, Punta Blanca Creek, San Carlos Bay, Sanibel Bayou, Shell Creek, St James Creek and Tarpon Bay.

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