This time of year, our wet season, brings frequent afternoon showers. These showers bring heavy rain which make the hiking trails periodically flooded. The Winkler Point trails traverse wetlands and this area is completely flooded and will remain this way at least until winter. The Estero River Scrub trails are much drier but can also be flooded at times. Be prepared to get your feet wet! With...
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Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Welcome to Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Established in 1966, Estero Bay was Florida's first aquatic preserve. Protection began after a push from local fishermen who noticed that the fish population was in decline. To protect water quality, the land surrounding the bay - including mangroves and marshes - were put into conservation to buffer the bay from increasing development and is now known as Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The preserve protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay and provides critical habitat for many species that depend on it for migratory patterns, feeding and nesting grounds. Visitors can enjoy the preserve from land or by water. Much of the undeveloped property in the Estero Bay are in conservation and provide great fishing and recreational boating opportunities. Launch facilities are available at Koreshan State Historic Site and Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park. Miles of trails offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bicycle or study the variety of wildlife and native vegetation protected here along two diverse trail systems.