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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve What's New

"Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is an extremely productive estuary supporting a diverse array of marine life that enhances Lee County's intricate and unique ecosystem."

Ray Judah, Lee County Commissioner

Location:

Southwest Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico in Lee County between Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach

Acreage

11,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands

Contact:

Cheryl Clark
Aquatic Preserve Manager
700-1 Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239)463-3240

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Credits

  • 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 ecological significance.
     
  • 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.

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Last updated: September 17, 2014

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