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Lovers Key - Beach

Lovers Key is a 2.5-mile stretch of beautiful beach along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. It was selected as the #4 beach in Florida by the Travel Channel. A courtesy tram is available to the south beach where a gazebo, restroom and picnic area are located. A beautiful walk over two bridges takes you to the mid portion of the beach, which is left natural, with no facilities. The north beach is accessible through the north honor gate at Big Carlos Pass. We suggest you explore all three areas of the beach and discover their unique attributes.

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Lovers Key - Bicycling

Enjoy over five miles of multi-use trails including the Black Island Trail and the Eagle Trail through the maritime hammock.  Trail maps are available showing many interesting places and observation points along the trail.  With plenty of areas to stop and enjoy the view, you might spot manatees or dolphins in the inner waterways.  Watch an Osprey take flight and catch a nice fish for lunch or a Bald Eagle soar above.  Find the freshwater pond where the alligators live in the park.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.  Bring your own bicycle or rent one from Lovers Key Adventures, explore on your own or check out our events page to see when the next guided bicycle tour is scheduled.

For rental information, please contact the park concessionaire at (239) 765-7788 or visit


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Lovers Key - Boat Ramp

A boat ramp is located in the park for direct access to Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The bait shop on site sells live and frozen bait and is open from 6:30 am to 5 pm everyday of the year.  T-shirts, souvenirs, snacks, ice cold drinks and ice cream are also available.  If you don’t have your own boat, kayaks and canoes are available for rent all day from the Bait Shop.  More information call the Bait Shop at 239-463-5990 or visit

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Lovers Key - Canoeing and Kayaking

See manatees, dolphins, alligators, osprey, and bald eagles while you paddle through the 2.5-mile mangrove protected estuary. For information on renting canoes, kayaks or stand up paddleboards contact the park concessionaire at (239) 765-7788 or visit



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Lovers Key - Concession and Restaurant

Lovers Key Adventures/Nature Recreation Management is the concessionaire for Lovers Key State Park. They provide kayak, canoe and bike rentals, as well as a bait shop. Food, beverages and delicious ice cream are also available.

Lovers Key Adventures & Events have been the concessionaire at Lovers Key State Park for several years.  Their company offers canoe, kayak, stand up paddle boards, pedal boats, and bicycles for rent and guided tours.  Visit the gift shop in parking lot 1 for a t-shirt or souvenir and an ice cream.  If your hungry Hurricane Charley’s restaurant on the south beach offers hamburgers, hotdogs and other beach style foods.

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Lovers Key - Fishing

Trout, redfish, snook and tarpon are caught seasonally. Castnetting for mullet in the bay is a popular activity.

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.

Shark fishing from the beach at Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park

With 1.2 million visitors using the beach for recreation including swimming, we no longer permit shark fishing during daylight hours from the beach. You are welcome to use your after-hours permit to fish for sharks during the hours: 1 hour after sunset to sunrise. No person shall use chumming or blood baiting for sharks on the beach or within 1,000 feet of the beach. All FWC rules regarding the catch and release of sharks will apply.

62d-20.14(1) Shark fishing is prohibited from sunrise to one hour after sunset from the beach.

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Lovers Key - Fishing

Trout, redfish, snook and tarpon are caught seasonally. Castnetting for mullet in the bay is a popular activity.


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.

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Lovers Key - Geo-Seeking

The Friends of Lovers Key has a Geo-Challenge for you. The challenge has seven caches; six with a riddle or a question that needs to be answered, and a portion of the coordinates for the final bonus cache. To find the cache, visit or and search for all caches owned by loverskey. Visit the park and set out to discover the hidden caches. Bring the answers to the Ranger Station to receive your FOLKS Geo-Challenge Reward – a specially designed pathtag!

Testimonial #1: Our first cache today. On the way we saw dolphins!!! Very cool. Here we met some other cachers and we decided to do the next caches together. It has been a very nice day with you. Thank you.

Testimonial #2: Found the six caches associated with this one relatively easy this afternoon. Had a great time walking to this one, took a few photos of the birds and trees along the way and finally made it to GZ and made the find. Left a couple of TB that have been looking for a nice beach to hang out on. This was a fabulous series that didn't take too long to complete and also took me around a lot of different areas and features of the park. Very well done and one of my favorites. TFTH

Note: TFTH means "Thanks for the Hunt" in geocaching lingo.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by, 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!

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Lovers Key - Hiking Nature Trail

The Black Island Trail is 2.5 miles of hiking or biking adventure through a maritime hammock along the canal banks of Black Island.

The Eagle Trail is 1.1 miles of hiking or biking adventure through a maritime hammock along the inner waterways of Black Island.

Both trails are comprised of mostly grass and compacted soil with pockets of sand and occasional mud. Including the beach and the paved path along the main park drive there are over 7 miles of trails in the park.

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Lovers Key - Picnic Pavilion

A pavilion at the south beach is available to rent for weddings, reunions, company picnics and parties. The pavilion holds 80 people and has eight picnic tables.

Lovers Key Adventure & Events is the official Wedding and Event planning service for Lovers Key State Park. They can put together a perfect package for any event from a Gala-like wedding for hundreds of guests to an intimate affair for just the closest family and friends. There are many areas within this beautiful park and beach to pledge your un-dying love or just enjoy hanging out with your friends for a party. Lovers Key Adventures & Events has everything you need for a great event so don’t worry about anything except having a great time. The Gazebo on South Beach and the brand new picnic shelters provided by Lovers Key Adventures & Events are available for rent any day except holidays. Call 239-765-7788 to book your special day or visit for more information.





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Lovers Key - Picnicking

Several picnic areas are set throughout the park. On the beach, the inner waterways or the backwaters of Estero Bay, you will be able to find the right spot to enjoy a picnic. Many of the picnic areas are equipped with grills and trash receptacles. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Hammocks are permitted in designated areas. These areas are the Canoe/Kayak Launch Picnic Area, Bayside Park and the picnic area at the North Entrance. Hammocks can only be attached to Seagrape trees measuring 12” at breast height (DBH) using 2” straps to secure the hammock to the trees.

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Lovers Key - Playground

The Bayside Park located on the east side of Estero Blvd. offers opportunities to visitors for recreation and relaxation. This picnic area offers two playgrounds, nine pavilions, grills, volleyball court and restroom facilities.

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Lovers Key - Recycling

Lovers Key State Park has a recycling program. Recycling containers for aluminum and plastic are located throughout the park. Please help us reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Lovers Key - Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are availabe and ADA accessible.

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Lovers Key - Shelling

Lovers Key is a 2.5-mile stretch of beautiful beach along the Gulf of Mexico. This beach offers some of the best shelling opportunities on the Lee County coast. Please remember: you cannot take a shell if an animal still calls it home. Live shelling and the collection of sea stars is prohibited.

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Lovers Key - Shower Station

Outdoor showers are available at the restrooms located at the south beach and the main parking area.

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Lovers Key - Swimming

Swimming is a popular activity in the Gulf. The park boasts 2.5 miles of excellent beachfront.  Please note there are no lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk.

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Lovers Key - Tours

The Park staff as well as Lovers Key Adventures & Events offer a full array of programs and tours that are sure to entice the adventurous side of you.  Join park naturalists as you discover the many interesting aspects of this nature lover’s paradise.  For more information on Ranger Led programs view our ranger events page or call the ranger station at 239-463-4588.  If you need a kayak or bicycle for a ranger led tour you can receive a 25% discount to rent for that tour from Lovers Key Adventure & Events.

You can also find additional tour information and pricing from Lovers Key Adventures & Events at or by calling the gift shop at 239-765-7788.  Lovers Key Adventures offers kayak and stand up paddle board tours every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and a minimum of three people for tour.  Receive a 10% discount if you like Lovers Key Adventures & Events on Facebook and check in at the gift shop.

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Lovers Key - Wildlife Viewing

Lovers Key offers one of the best birding areas in Southwest Florida. The park is home to many active Osprey nests, Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, the American Kestrel and other species are often observed feeding in the bays, estuaries and maritime hammocks. With over 40 varieties of birds recorded, 17 of which are on the designated species list, Lovers Key is a birder's paradise.

The park is also home to other wildlife, such as Gopher Tortoises, American Alligators, Bottlenose Dolphins and West Indian Manatees.