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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.)



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Distance: Varies; 9 miles from Koreshan State Park to Lovers Key
Location: Lee County (Estero, south of Ft. Myers)
Difficulty: Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Paddling trail: Koreshan State Historic Site, Lovers Key State Park. Other: Big Hickory Island (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Estero, Bonita Springs, Lovers Key State Park (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Edison and Ford Winter Homes

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.

Paddling at Estero Bay and River
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Koreshan State Historic Site
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Launch at the
historic site
On the Estero River Koreshan Unity Settlement
Lovers Key
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Launch spots Paddling at Lovers Key State Park
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  Bridge at Estero Blvd. Birds Beach at Lovers Key  
Big Hickory Island
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Launch at
Big Hickory Island
Paddling along
the channel
Approaching beach Landing on channel side at beach
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Beach at Big Hickory Island Toward Bonita Beach

See more about the Great Calusa Blueway

More information on paddling on Estero Bay and River (opens in a new window):

- Florida Greenways and Trail - Estero Bay and River Paddling Trail (pdf)

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