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Reported: Jan. 2017

Great Calusa Blueway... 190+ miles of Paddling in Lee County

The Great Calusa Blueway is a joint venture between Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Covering 190 miles (or more depending on your whim) between Fort Myers and Bonita Beach, it includes three "regions": (1) Estero Bay, (2) Pine Island Sound, and (3) Caloosahatchee River. Though not continuous - it winds around bays, sounds and islands, up rivers and creeks, and through mangrove tunnels - the Blueway is very accessible with maps (view or order here), marker signs, and a smartphone app. (Map and photos below.)



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Distance:
190 mile Paddling Trail
Location: Lee County
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points:
See map (left), and individual pages (links below)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: See individual pages  (links below)

The Blueway is named after the native Calusa civilization that lived here before the Spanish arrived. Mound Key Archaeological State Park, accessible only by boat, includes 30-foot mounds and a self-guided trail describing the life of these Native Americans.

We've paddled a few sections of the Blueway in separate trips, and visited launches in some others. We plan to visit more, and will add details as we paddle there.

Calusa Blueway Paddling
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Estero Bay Section
Estero River and Bay
Bunche Beach
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Koreshan State
Historic Site
Lovers Key
State Park
At Ft. Myers, San Carlos Bay
Boat ramp with paddle craft launch to the side
Pine Island Sound Section
Tarpon Bay/Commodore Creek
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Paddling at Sanibel Island
Tarpon Bay (left); Commodore Creek (right)
Caloosahatchee River Section
Caloosahatchee River
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W.P Franklin Lock Campground Alva Boat Ramp

More information on paddling at Great Calusa Blueway (opens in a new window):

- Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau - Great Calusa Blueway
- Lee County Parks & Recreation - Great Calusa Blueway

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