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Reported: Jan. 2017

Bunche Beach... Paddling on the Great Calusa Blueway at San Carlos Bay

Bunche Beach - on San Carlos Bay between Sanibel and Ft. Myers is a good kick-off location for the northern end of the Estero Bay region of the Great Calusa Blueway and Hurricane Bay. Launch from the Outdoor Activity Center (two launches, outfitter), or from along John Morris Road. We have not paddled here yet, but visited for future planning. We present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance:
Various
Location: Lee County
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Bunche Beach (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Bunche Beach (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel and Captiva Islands

The 718-acre Bunche Beach Preserve is a natural tidal wetland on San Carlos Bay including a sandy beach, mangrove forests, and salt flats. Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, manatee and dolphin can be also be seen.

Launch at Bunche Beach
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Bunche Beach Outoor Activity Center
The outdoor activity center has two paddlecraft launches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, a boardwalk, parking and restrooms. The outfitter at the activity center offers sales, rentals and tours.
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Outfitter at Outdoor Activity Center Parking Launch at the
Activity Center
Boat ramp and another
launch at the Activity Center
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Channel to San Carlos Bay Parking along
John Morris Rd.
Paddling access along John Morris Rd. Bunche Beach

See more about the Great Calusa Blueway

More information on paddling at Great Calusa Blueway, Bunche Beach (opens in a new window):

- Lee County Parks & Creation - San Carlos Bay - Bunch Beach Preserve

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