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Collier County


58,076 acres


Established in August, 1977

Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve is east of Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve. It is near two urban areas, Naples to the north and Marco Island to the west.

The lagoonal bays that comprise Rookery Bay, Dollar Bay and Johnson Bay within the preserve are part of an interconnected system that once extended all the way up the western Florida coast to near Tampa Bay. The barrier islands in the vicinity of Rookery Bay have either coalesced into incipient (Marco Island) or actual (Naples area) headlands. The barrier islands extend south to Cape Romano, which is within Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve.

The preserve is part of an estuarine system with numerous inflows of freshwater to mix with the waters of the Gulf. The largest source of freshwater is Henderson Creek, but the Lely and Lely Manor canals are also significant sources of freshwater inflow. A substantial amount of freshwater also comes as sheetflow.

Map of Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Last updated: April 06, 2015

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