CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK ../images/detail_photos/caloosahatcheepark.jpgCALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK Address 19130 North River Road Alva, FL 33920 Google Map/Directions Contact Information Sandra Bates - Campground Info 239-694-0398 Facility Staff Events Events CalendarCRP Program Brochure Hours Campground Entrance: (Parking Lot #1. 19130 North River Rd.) Gate Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (gate hours are extended to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September - May). Overnight parking is only allowed to those who have campground reservations. This is the eastern-most parking lot and is located on the south side of North River Road. This lot provides access to the Cindy Rouse Campground, the Lodge, the paddle craft launch, and to the south side walking trails (including the overlook and fishing pier). If you want to go to the overlook or the fishing pier, parking lot # 2 provides closer access. Main Entrance: (Parking Lot #2. 18500 North River Rd.) – Main Entrance) Gate Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. No overnight parking. This entrance allows you to access our picnic pavilions, day-use hiking trails, the fishing pier, and the overlook. If you want to go to the paddle craft launch or the campground, parking lot # 1 provides closer access. North Side Entrance: (Parking Lot #3. 18251 North River Rd.) Gate Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. No overnight parking. This is the western-most parking lot and is located on the north side of North River Road. This lot provides access to the equestrian and mountain bike trails. Foot traffic is not advised. Check the Trail Closures and Detours section below. Scheduled Closures: Sunday, March 4, 2018: The entire park will be closed for the River, Roots, and Ruts event. Trail Closures and Detours - Fichter’s Creek Restoration Project The Fichter’s Creek Restoration Project (FCRP) is focused in the northwest corner of Caloosahatchee Regional Park. For safety reasons, some of the equestrian and mountain bike trails have been closed / detoured. This project will run through July 2018. CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF ALL OF THE TRAIL CHANGES. The FCRP provides ecosystem restoration and flood protection for neighboring areas through hydrologic and water quality improvements in Fichter’s Creek. This restoration project will also improve habitat value for native plants and animals at Caloosahatchee Regional Park. The purpose of this project is to improve the water quality within the creek system and to relieve some of the flooding that occurs within developed portions of the watershed. This will be accomplished by constructing wet and dry detention ponds, including control structures, within the Caloosahatchee Regional Park and creating a filter marsh in the existing manmade ditch. Attention will also be given to regrading the berm between the proposed filter marsh and Fichter's Creek Lane to the west, filling existing breaches, and reconstruction of existing berms to block breaches between the park, the creek, and the filter marsh.For more information, call CRP Supervisor James Eash at 239-694-0398 Information PARKING FEE: $1 per hour/$5 per day, year-round. Bring exact change. PARK RULES: Alcohol is not permitted. Electric bicycles are prohibited in the park and on the trails. Pets are not allowed. Gasoline powered generators are not permitted. Drone operations are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). PARK DOCUMENTS Park Programs and Events Campground Rules Land Stewardship (Management) Plan PARK MAPSPark Brochure and Map Campground Map (scroll over the icons to see park photos) Kayak Launch Map & Coordinates Caloosahatchee Regional Park is owned by the State of Florida Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund and the South Florida Water Management District. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners leases this land and manages it through the Parks and Recreation Department. Per the lease agreement with the State, the Park is managed, “only for the conservation and protection of natural and historical resources and resource-based, public outdoor recreation which is compatible with the conservation and protection of these public lands." View the Land Stewardship (Management) Plan above for more information. This park features 768 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps, and oak hammocks. Crossing through them, you'll find over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. The north side of the park is designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. The south side of the park has hiking trails, fishing pier, a floating dock, and the primitive campground. Primitive camping sites for families and groups are available, along with equestrian sites for people with horses. Kayaking and fishing are available along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Covered pavilions are available for group use or special events. Park programs include guided walks, guided kayak trips, and more. See the Events Calendar for dates, more information and registration. FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT RENTALS Primitive Tent Camping: $15 for a family site, $30 for a group or $50 equestrian site. Register in advance. Reserve Campsites Online Check Campsite availability Shelter rentals: $25 per day. Parking fees apply. Lodge rentals: Seating for 80 in a screened facility with a kitchen (refrigerator, ice maker, microwave available) $150 per day (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), plus a $250 refundable damage deposit. Regular parking fees apply. Lodge access requires a five minute walk from the campground parking lot. Reserve online for single day rentals or call the office for multiple day rentals. Click to view the Lodge. Kayak rentals: Kayak rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. A reservation made 24 hours in advance is required to secure the kayak rental. Call the park office to reserve your kayak. Single person or tandem (two person) kayaks are available. Kayaks are $15 per hour or $40 per day, which includes paddles and life jackets. BRING EXACT CHANGE. A map and GPS coordinates can be found here. Please, call 239-694-0398. Attention Mountain Bikers: The north side bike trails run in one direction. The direction changes monthly. Check the directional signs located at bike trailheads. It is strongly recommended all users take (or photograph) a park map before heading out on the trails. Properly maintained mountain bikes are the only bikes recommended for the bike trails at this park. Helmets are strongly encouraged for all mountain bikers and required by state law for anyone under 16. Loaner helmets are available at no charge in the campground office. Call 24 hours ahead to reserve a helmet and set up a pick up time at 239-694-0398. You will need your driver's license to borrow helmets. Volunteers Needed!For trail and park maintenance and environmental interpretation programs. Click here to apply. History Purchased by the State of Florida in the 1960's, Lee County entered into a lease on the site in 1989 with a management agreement to provide public recreational opportunities. Located along the Caloosahatchee River, it is an area rich in natural history. Calusa Indians are believed to be the first settlers here, followed by Seminole and early settlers of what is now known as Alva. Early studies have also found two archaeological sites within the park. The efforts of several community members from the Caloosa Saddle Club in 1985 were instrumental in convincing Lee County Commissioners to proceed with plans to develop a park. Along with other groups such as the Florida Mud Cutters Mountain Bike Club, volunteers were instrumental in the development of the trail system on the park's 400-acre North side. Caloosahatchee Regional Park opened on March 6, 1999 and to this day Lee County volunteers are instrumental in trail maintenance and campground management.