The temperature in SW Florida makes every day a great day for getting into the great outdoors. One of my favorite activities in the park is taking my family paddling on the Estero River where we can paddle beneath the large oak...
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Koreshan - Boat Ramp
A boat ramp is available. Maximum boat length 24'.
Koreshan - Campfire Circles
Campers can enjoy campfire programs on Saturday nights from December through March and also on Wednesdays from January through March.
Koreshan - Camping
Koreshan State Park offers 60 campsites, all with electricity and water, a picnic table and fire ring. Twelve sites are designated tent camping only and located next to the Estero River. Four paved ADA campsites are available. Sites have a vegetation buffer between them for privacy. Fire wood and ice are available for campers at the ranger station. The picnic area with a playground is a short walk away. A dump station is available for RV campers. Other amenities include a utility area with a washer, dryer and sinks, a soft drink vending machine and a volleyball court. Well behaved and leashed pets are welcome in the campground.
Maximum RV length = 40 ft.
Hammocks are allowed to be used in campsites number 10, 19, 23, 24, 26, 36, 40 and 60 and must be set-up using straps at least 2 inches wide on trees at least 12 inches in diameter. Ropes are not permitted.
Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.
Koreshan - Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoeing and kayaking on the Estero River is a popular activity at the park. The river is a brackish tidal waterway which leads to the Estero Bay approximately 3 miles west. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent.
Guided historic paddling tours are offered through the College of Life Foundation.
Koreshan - Fishing
There are several spots along the river for fishing. The Estero River is brackish with snook, mullet, redfish and other popular game fish. Freshwater bass can be caught in the summer and fall high water months. The Estero Bay is located about 3 miles by canoe down the river. It offers abundant saltwater fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Koreshan - Geo-Seeking
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.
The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!
Koreshan - Hiking Nature Trail
The park features a hiking trail along the river and a running trail along the park boundary that takes you through a pine flatwoods habitat.
Koreshan - Historic Site
Today the park maintains the heart of Dr. Teed's 'New Jerusalem' as it would have appeared more than 100 years ago in the early 20th century. Eleven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places that date from 1882 to 1920 are located throughout the landscaped grounds that include ornamentally landscaped Victorian Gardens. Visitors can get a glimpse of how the Koreshans lived from the Founders House, Planetary Court, Damkohler, Vesta Newcomb and Members Cottages within the settlement. Their role in commerce and industry is evident in the Bakery, New Store, Large and Small Machine Shops and the Generator Building. Last, but not least, their contribution to local culture is evident in the Art Hall. ADA access is available to the major buildings; however, due to their small size and historical nature, access to the smaller cottages is not possible. Please contact park staff should you require any assistance.
Koreshan - Historic Site
Every Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm Experience a unique Farmers' Market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods including produce, Key Lime goodies, seafood, coffee and teas, hot crepes, artisan breads, honey, Classic Cuban, soap, candles, crafts, jewelry and more! FREE park admission but, $1 per entry environmental impact fee applies.
Koreshan - Historic Site
LARSEN FLUTE STUDIO RECITAL Middle and High School Flute students of Bill and Beth Larsen, accompanied by Kelly Utterback on Piano, perform in the Historic Art Hall. This concert is open to the public and FREE with park admission.
Koreshan - Interpretive Exhibit
Interpretive exhibits can be found in many of the historic structures in the settlement depicting the life and culture of the Koreshans.
Koreshan - Pets
Pets are welcome in the park if they are kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and are well behaved and maintained at all times.
Koreshan - Picnicking
The picnic area is located on the Estero River and is well shaded by Pine trees. Also found there are grills, restrooms and a playground. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events where alcohol is permitted within designated areas.
Koreshan - Playground
For added enjoyment, the park has a children's playground located in the picnic area.
Koreshan - Weddings
The historic district within the Koreshan State Park offers several locations suitable for wedding parties of various sizes. These areas can be reserved for your event up to a year in advance. We will be happy to work directly with you or your wedding planner to see that you have all you need for your special day. For availability, conditions and fees please contact the park Ranger Station at 239-992-0311.
Koreshan - Wildlife Viewing
Bobcats, grey foxes, river otters and alligators can all be found along the Estero River. During the winter, manatees frequent our waters. Koreshan is great for bird watching as it is home to over 100 bird species. Among them are swallow-tail kites, bald eagles, bobwhites, belted kingfishers and many wading bird species.