Florida's first Aquatic Preserve, designated in 1966.
Shallow estuary fed by five minor freshwater tributaries, but
influenced more by tidal action.
Contains strong currents near passes with areas of slow waters
in between where bird rookeries can be found.
Diverse habitats include seagrass beds, mangrove islands, salt
marshes, tidal flats and oyster bars.
Designated as Outstanding Florida Waters because of exceptional
Includes many historic and archaeological sites such as those on
Mound Key, some of which are submerged.
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Offers Wading Trips The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve invites the public to participate in an upcoming wading trip through the estuary on
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 to discover
first-hand why estuaries are known as "cradles of the ocean."