Estero Bay Preserve State Park is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. until sunset. And, while anytime is a great time to enjoy the great Florida outdoors, the cooler (drier!) winter months are some of the best times to walk, hike and bike at the Preserve. During our wet season, frequent afternoon showers can catch you a few miles from your car and flood the hiking trails. The scrub area...
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While the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve was established in 1966 to buffer the Estero Bay from encroaching development in the watershed, the water and uplands portions of the Preserve were placed in separate management in 1987 (the Florida Coastal Office manages the Estero Aquatic Preserve). This division provides better protection for both Preserves by allowing each agency to focus on are their specialty while working together for the best management practices of the state lands. The purpose of Estero Bay State Preserve State is to conserve and protect the unique and irreplaceable natural areas, wildlife, and significant cultural resources of Estero Bay, to improve water quality within Estero Bay, and to provide outstanding, resource-based recreation opportunities for the citizens of Florida.