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Mound Key Archaeological State Park

 About Mound Key Archaeological State Park

Dense brush and trees along the trail.


Stephen Giguere

Mound Key Archeological State Park is an island located in the heart of Estero Bay. Believed to be the capitol of the Calusa Indians this site is important in understanding their culture. As you walk the trail that traverses the island, realize that this entire island was built by the Calusa. Envision the work that went into constructing this mound complex built mostly of shell harvested from the productive estuary that it lies within. All resourses are protected so collecting any plant or object from the site is prohibited. Mound Key is accessible only by boat and plan ahead as there are no facilities at this remote site. Contact the Ranger Station at Koreshan State Historic Site for additional information at (239) 992-0311.


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Mound Key is managed by Koreshan State Historic Site. Koreshan State Historic Site is located off exit 123 on I75. Go west on Corkscrew Rd. cross US-41. Koreshan's entrance is 1000 feet west of US-41 on the right. Mound Key is accessible by boat only. It can be reached by the Estero River and accessed at the Koreshan State Historic Sites boat ramp. It is approximately 3.5 miles from the boat ramp to the island. Also Lovers Key State Park on Estero Island offers a boat ramp which can be used as a starting point.


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