Estero Bay was the first aquatic preserve established in Florida in 1966. Protection began after a push from local fishermen noticed that the fish population was in decline. As a way to protect the water quality the land surrounding the bay including mangrove and marshes were put into conservation to buffer the bay from increasing development and is now known as Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The preserve protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay and provides critical habitat for many species that depend on it for migratory patterns, feeding and nesting grounds. Visitors can enjoy the preserve from land or by water. Much of the undeveloped property in the Estero Bay are in conservation and provide great fishing and recreational boating opportunities. Launch facilities are available at Koreshan State Historic Site and Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park. Miles of trails offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bicycle or study the variety of wildlife and native vegetation protected here at two diverse trail systems.
Directions to Estero Bay Preserve State Park
To Estero River Scrub: I 75 to Corkscrew Rd exit 123. Travel west on Corkscrew Rd. At intersection with US 41, turn north (right) onto US 41. Turn west (left) onto Broadway W. Public access point is on the north (right) side of the road next to the FPL substation. To Winkler Point: I 75 to Daniels Rd exit 131. Travel west on Daniels Rd. Turn south (left) onto 6 Mile Cypress Parkway. Turn left (south) onto Summerlin Rd. Turn south (left) onto Winkler Road. Public access point is at the end.
To Preserve Office: The Preserve Office is co-located with the park office at Koreshan State Park. Take I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew Road, head west 2 miles, cross U.S. 41 and continue on Corkscrew Road approximately 1000 yards to entrance of park. If traveling U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Koreshan is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road at Estero.
Estero River Scrub Trail Head Coordinates