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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. 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 them. (Map and photos below.)

paddle Great Calusa Blueway, kayak, canoe

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


See individual pages (links below)

Support and Advocacy:

Caloosa Riverkeeper

Great Calusa Blueway... Comments and Photos

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, marker signs, and a smartphone app.

Estero Bay Section

Estero Bay and River Paddling Trail

Great Calusa Blueway - Lovers Key State Park - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Koreshan Historic Site to Lovers Key State Park

Bunche Beach

Great Calusa Blueway - Bunche Beach - Ft. Myers - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Paddle craft launch next to boat ramp

Big Hickory Island

Great Calusa Blueway - Koreshan State Historic Site - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Launch at Big Hickory

Pine Island Sound Section


Great Calusa Blueway - Sanibel, Tarpon Bay - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Sanibel Island - Tarpon Bay

Great Calusa Blueway - Sanibel, Commodore Creek - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Sanibel Island - Commodore Creek


Caloosahatchee River Section


Great Calusa Blueway - Calooesahatchee River - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

W.P Franklin Lock Campground

Great Calusa Blueway - Calooesahatchee River - paddle florida, kayak, canoe

Alva Boat Ramp


About the Great Calusa Blueway

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.


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