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"This aquatic preserve is the essence of the southwest Florida estuary - teeming with life, exquisite in form and extremely sensitive to human caused impacts. It is one of our many jewels in southwest Florida and we have a duty to protect this valuable preserve!"

Bob Janes, Lee County Commissioner

White pelicans

Key Accomplishments

Water quality monitoring volunteers in training session

Water Quality Monitoring

In September 2005, two permanent monitoring stations, in north and south Matlacha Pass, were established and equipped with automated water quality data collection equipment . The two sites were selected to monitor the influences of Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River on the overall water quality of this aquatic preserve. Seven different water quality parameters including water temperature, salinity, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and depth, are collected every 15 minutes. To date, this continuous monitoring has demonstrated differences in salinity and the tidal node at the two sites and complements information from two additional water quality monitoring programs in the region.

 Quick Facts about Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve
Map of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve


Lee County


12,500 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Mindy Brown
Aquatic Preserve Manager
12301 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955

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Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves Management Plan (pdf - 77.0 MB)

Mangrove shrouded shoreline

View beneath shoreline mangroves

Blue crab

Blue crab

Kayaking under the mangroves

Kayaking through a mangrove shrouded trail

Roseate spoonbill

Roseate spoonbill

White ibis

White ibis

Brown pelican

Brown pelican

Last updated: October 25, 2016

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