Established in October, 1969.
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve
borders Everglades National Park on the west and
Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve on the east.
The aquatic preserve is primarily composed of open water
Numerous small rivers, such as the Blackwater, Whitney,
Pumpkin, Little Wood, Fakahatchee and East, drain into a
series of bays within the preserve. The preserve is also subject to
overland sheetflow. However, the main source of
freshwater in the preserve is the Faka Union Canal, a
combination of four parallel canals which join into one
and discharge through the channelized Faka Union River
into Faka Union Bay.
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve is relatively inaccessible despite the high population of
the area. The adjacent uplands are publicly-owned conservation lands and there are no public boat ramps
immediately adjacent to the preserve. However, there are several boat ramps near the preserve and the
preserve is a popular destination for wildlife-watching, boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Camping on
mangrove islands is growing in popularity.