Butterfly on Lantana
South Canoe and Kayak Landing
Trail Through Tropical Vegetation
Jamaica Caper
Along the Trail at Mound Key
Mound Key Trail Terrain
Mangrove Islands Leading to Mound Key
Kayaking to Mound Key
Butterfly on Lantana
South Canoe and Kayak Landing
Trail Through Tropical Vegetation
Jamacan Caper
Along the Trail at Mound Key
Mound Key Trail Terrain
Mangrove Islands Leading to Mound Key
Kayaking to Mound Key

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Mound Key Archaeological State Park

Welcome to Mound Key Archaeological State Park

Framed in forests of mangrove trees, the shell mounds and ridges of Mound Key rise more than 30 feet above the waters of Estero Bay. Prehistoric Native Americans known as the Calusa were non-agricultural hunting and gathering chiefdom that dominated the waters of southwest Florida for over 2,000 years.  Mound Key is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians when the Spaniards first attempted to colonize Southwest Florida. In 1566, the Spanish governor of Florida established a settlement on the island with a fort and the first Jesuit mission in the Spanish New World. The settlement was abandoned three years later after violent clashes with the Indians. The only access to the island is by boat; there are no facilities. Interpretive displays can be found along a trail that spans the width of the island. Located in Estero Bay, several miles by boat from Koreshan State Historic Site or Lovers Key State Park.

The park is accessible only by the water and is managed by Koreshan State Historic Site located at: 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, Florida.

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