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: Terry Cain
Telephone: (239) 707-3015

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Matanzas Pass Preserve includes a mangrove forest as well as 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 boardwalk, a canoe/kayak landing, and an historic cottage from the early settlers on Estero Island. The main entrance is on Bay Rd., located behind Beach Elementary School and just beyond the Estero Island Historic Cottages.

Please note: While there is a paddle craft landing for visitors canoeing or kayaking in Estero Bay, this landing area may also be used as a launch from visitors accessing the area via the hiking trail system. However, please be aware it is a significant distance to carry a canoe or kayak on the trail from the parking area before reaching the paddle craft landing.

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

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