Paddling at Mound Key

A view of the canoe launch at Mound Key.

Mound Key Archaeological State Park is an exceptional place where you can enjoy nature surrounded by thousands of years of history. Being out on the waters of the Estero Bay allows you to feel the quiet serenity of nature. Bring your kayak, canoe or boat and travel from Estero Bay to Mound Key.

The island is located approximately 4 ½ miles west from Koreshan State Park or approximately 1 ½ miles north from Lovers Key State Park.

While paddling the tranquil waters you may see numerous wildlife including manatees, dolphins, birds and fish. The park is located along the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail which also provides a scenic paddle route. It drifts along the south west coast of Florida, eventually leading to the Caloosahatchee River.

In addition to water recreation, there are also opportunities to have fun on land. Mound Key has a .75-mile hiking trail where there are numerous interpretative signs for visitors to learn about the history of Mound Key and the Calusa Native Americans who lived on the land. Walking the trail will take you through lush tropical vegetation and past the large shell mounds left behind by the Calusa.

Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to enjoy your time at Mound Key Archaeological State Park. There are no boat docks on the island, so only kayaks/canoes and smaller boats can access Mound Key Archaeological State Park. There is a small landing on the NW side of the island as well as the southeast side.