"Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is an extremely productive estuary supporting a
diverse array of marine life that enhances Lee County's intricate and unique
Ray Judah, Lee County Commissioner
Southwest Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico in Lee
County between Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach
11,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Aquatic Preserve Manager
700-1 Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
- 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.
The Estero Bay Aquatic
Preserve Management Plan has been updated. The plan
was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration
Council on August 15, 2014.