Estero Bay and River... Paddling in Southwest Florida
The Estero Bay and River Designated Paddling Trail runs 9 miles between Koreshan State Historic Site and Lovers Key State Park. Other paddling throughout Estero Bay includes Mound Key and Big Hickory Island - all part of the 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway between Ft. Myers and Bonita Beach. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Lovers Key State Park is a 700-acre park comprised of four islands, canals and lagoons. A prime wildlife and bird watching location, the park includes picnic facilities, 5-mile bicycle trail, bicycle and canoe/kayak rentals, fishing, and a 2.5 mile beach.
Koreshan State Historic Site was originally founded in 1894 by Cyrus Reed Teed as a religious community (Koreshan Unity) which believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. Family members deeded the land to the state in 1961. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, 11 of the original buildings remain. The park includes a campground, picnic area, playground, canoe/kayak rental, and hiking trails.
Mound Key Archaeological State Park in Estero Bay is accessible only by boat. There are no facilities, a hiking trail has interpretative markers. The 30-foot mounds are remnants of the Calusa Indians who inhabited the site.
More information on paddling on Estero Bay and River (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
Outfitters/RentalsEstero River Outfitters
of Southwest Florida
Kayak and paddleboard rentals
Kayak/paddleboard rentals, tours
Support and AdvocacyEstero Bay Buddies
Friends of Lovers Key
Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site