HICKEY CREEK MITIGATION PARK ../images/detail_photos/hickeysgrandopening37.jpgHICKEY CREEK MITIGATION PARK Address 17980 Palm Beach Blvd. Alva, FL 33920 Google Map/Directions Contact Information James Eash 239-694-0398 firstname.lastname@example.org Facility Staff Events Events CalendarProgram Needs Survey Hours Hickey Creek Mitigation Park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Closures Information Parking fee: $1 per hour or $5 per day. No pets please.Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this location.Hickey Creek Mitigation Park is co-managed by the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It consists of a variety of habitats including palmetto-oak scrub, pine flatwoods, and seasonal wetlands. Views of scenic Hickey Creek can be enjoyed from the trail and overlook areas. The ecosystem presently supports the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay and gopher tortoises.Hickey Creek Mitigation Park offers three, looped HIKING ONLY trails that total five miles. Feel free to download the facility brochure for a map. ADA accessibility is available from the parking area to the amphitheater and continues to the fishing pier and creek overlook. The trails are primitive and not accessible to strollers. Sturdy boots, sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and an ample supply of water are strongly recommended.The following are prohibited: alcohol, pets, bicycles, camping, and the collection of ANY natural or cultural resources. This includes (but is not limited to) any plants, animals, shells, or artifacts. Fishing is allowed from the fishing pier with the proper license. Lee County Ordinance 18-12 will be strictly enforced. *Our Kayak LANDING is located 1/2 mile from parking lot. Launching paddlecraft is not recommended from here, unless you don't mind toting your craft a distance by foot. Launch at Caloosahatchee Regional Park or Franklin Locks to access Hickey Creek.GUIDED WALKS offered free with paid parking from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (Sept. - May). Registration is NOT required.Hickey Creek Mitigation Park is a designated Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site. For more information, maps, and guides please visit the Great Florida Birding Trail website. Prescribed Burning/ Fire Management: Fire is a vital, natural process in many plant communities. Without fire, these communities change; the plants and animals unique to the original habitat maintained by fire are lost. Specifically, prescribed fire may be used to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, enhance recreational resources, decrease the rate of invasion by certain exotic species, reduce pest insect populations, aid in the restoration of the native, fire-dependent ecosystems and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Periodic prescribed fires are the only means we have to meet the needs of many plants and animals while also reducing the threat of property damage from wildfires. Many private companies, individual land owners and public agencies manage land where prescribed fires are necessary to improve and protect the natural resources and to reduce the risk of wildfire. Florida Statutes in Chapter 590 and FAC Chapter 5I-2 govern the use of prescribed fire in Florida. What is a Mitigation Park? Environmental mitigation is an attempt to offset the detrimental impacts of development on a certain species or a type of native plant community. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) implemented the Mitigation Park Program as an alternative to developers compensating for the impacts of their developments on their own lands. Mitigation Parks are an effective way to protect native plant communities and the plants and animals that rely on them. Hickey Creek Mitigation Park was originally established by the FWC and Lee County to mitigate for gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) habitat destroyed by development in southwest Florida. See the Land Management Plan for more details. **Park Amenities:ParkingRestroomsCanoe/kayak landingFishing deckTwo picnic areas with eight picnic tablesTwo bridges across Hickey CreekTwo trail sheltersFive miles of hiking trails Handicap accessible trail to Hickey Creek and to the amphitheater History The acquisition of lands to form Hickey Creek Mitigation Park (HCMP) started in 1994. Adding to 10 acres of land already preserved, Lee County's Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program and Florida Communities Trust purchased 770 acres. Five parcels, totaling 82 acres, were acquired through the Conservation 20/20 program. HCMP was opened to the public on April 20, 2002, making this a natural area for all to enjoy. HCMP encompasses 862 acres of land consisting of pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, freshwater marshes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, and oak-palm forests. The Tourist Development Council of Lee County assisted in the funding of waterfront facilities at Hickey Creek. The creek flows through HCMP for over 1 mile and discharges into the Caloosahatchee River. Hickey Creek is also part of The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. The terrestrial and aquatic communities within HCMP support a variety of wildlife including gopher tortoises, Florida Scrub-Jays, Florida panthers, bobcats, eastern indigo snakes, American alligators, river otters and a variety of birds.