Estero Bay Preserve State Park

Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 Broadway W

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 

26°26’31.22’ N 

81°50’10.16” W


Sondra Carlisa

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Great stop along the birding trail! Saw a beautiful spoonbill, my grandkids enjoyed seeing nature and "snapping" it, whatever that is. Glad to introduce them to birding!

Adam VanHara

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Trails off broadway in Estero. Orange yellow and blue and great. At this time you can not finish the red trail, half is swamp, we tried the cut throughs that are off trail and you still can not finish red, very over grown, snakes, and even ran into a bear trap. Luckily we were able to cut back the o yellow trail and get back safe. You can tell the back side of red hasn’t been maintained in quite a while

Lisa Tally

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Lots of exploring, trails, canoeing, rich, ecosystem!! A must for nature lovers. 🚩Check out info first, before going, there are restriction, being that its a Preserve: where u can enter, rules and private roads.

Fernando De Araujo / FDA

Thursday, March 12, 2015
What a wonderful State Park "" A protected spot gem to be on.. Beautiful landscapes. Peaceful region. I enjoyed de ample wildlife in this area. Nature as it's best. The ambiance is amazing. So I added this Park to my favorite list of places to visit. The sunset is gorgeous. I had a great time." *****

David Wietecha

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Good for a winter hike, too overgrown and flooded in the summer.

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