Great Calusa Blueway... 190+ miles of Paddling in Lee County
The Great Calusa Blueway is a joint venture between Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Covering 190 miles (more or less depending on your whim) between Fort Myers and Bonita Beach, it includes three "regions": (1) Estero Bay, (2) Pine Island Sound, and (3) Caloosahatchee River. Though not continuous - it winds around bays, sounds and islands, up rivers and creeks, and through mangrove tunnels - the Blueway is very accessible with maps (view or order here), marker signs, and a smartphone app. (Map and photos below.)
The Blueway is named after the native Calusa civilization that lived here before the Spanish arrived. Mound Key Archaeological State Park, accessible only by boat, includes 30-foot mounds and a self-guided trail describing the life of these Native Americans.
We've paddled a few sections of the Blueway in separate trips, and visited launches in some others. We plan to visit more, and will add details as we paddle them.
More information on paddling at Great Calusa Blueway (opens in a new window):
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