Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Estero Bay was the first aquatic preserve established in Florida in 1966. Protection began after a push from local fishermen noticed that the fish population was in decline. As a way to protect the water quality the land surrounding the bay including mangrove 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 at two diverse trail systems.