Matanzas Pass Preserve

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Matanzas Pass Preserve
199 Bay Rd.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931

Total Acres: 59.05
Number of Parcels: 2
Total Cost: $1,400,000.00
Date Acquired: Friday, January 20, 2006 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Rick Bauer
Telephone: (239) 707-3015

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Matanzas Pass Preserve includes a mangrove forest and the last remaining maritime oak hammock community on Fort Myers Beach. The preserve borders Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, the state of Florida’s first aquatic preserve.

The majority of the land was donated to Lee County by the Nature Conservancy in 1993. Two additional parcels, totaling slightly more than one acre, were acquired in 2006 through the Conservation 20/20 program.

The preserve includes 1.25 miles of marked hiking trails and a boardwalk, a paddlecraft landing, and an historic cottage from the early settlers on Estero Island. The main entrance is on Bay Road, located behind Beach Elementary School and just beyond the Estero Island Historic Cottages.

Please note: A portion of the boardwalk trail is closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017. Funding was recently secured to repair the boardwalk. Please check back for updates.


Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking (Boardwalk), Hiking (Marked Trails), Nature Study/Photography, Picnic Area

Matanzas Pass Preserve Trail Map


Additional Information:
The preserve is opening daily during daylight hours. There is no fee for parking.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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