MANATEE PARK ../images/detail_photos/manateepark.jpgMANATEE PARK Address 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905 Google Map/Directions Contact Information Heather Gienapp 239-690-5030 ext. 222 HGienapp@leegov.com Facility Staff Events Events Calendar Hours Park Hours: 7:00am to sunsetNO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARKThe current temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is above 68 degrees F. There are few if any manatees in the park at this time. Procedures to pay for parking: Payments will be made at one of two pay machines. Cash or credit cards are accepted. NO CHANGE or REFUNDS at pay machine. The Paddlecraft Launch is temporarily closed due to extremely low tides and sediment deposited from Hurricane Irma. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can be launched at our access on the Orange River. This access is available daily from 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Vehicles will need to park in the parking lot and paddlecraft will need to be walked 390 feet to the launch site. Calusa Blueway Outfitters:239-481-4600Kayak Rentals 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p. m. daily. Rentals must be returned by 4:30 p.m.Gift Shop: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily Information Parking Fees: $1 per hour April - November$2 per hour December - March$5 per day Lee County Parks & Recreation annual parking sticker is accepted at this location. $10 per visit Shuttle Van$20 per visit Tour Bus Commercial Tour Operators must pay a $5 launch fee per boat at the gift shop. Please call 239-481-4600 for further information. Pavilion Rentals: The Pavilion, Chickee Hut, Picnic Area, and Live Oak Amphitheater rentals are available APRIL through NOVEMBER. Rentals are $50 per day. They may be reserved in advance with 72 hours notice. Call Heather Gienapp at 239-690-5030 ext. 222 or email HGienapp@leegov.com for reservation information. Kayak/Canoe rental and concession provided by Calusa Blueway Outfitters & Gift Shop -239-481-4600. Click here for important Manatee viewing guidelines-http://www.myfwc.com/education/wildlife/manatee/for-paddlers/ Manatee Park is a non-captive warm water refuge for the Florida Manatee. Optimum viewing months are late December, January, and February when the gulf temperature is below 68F. Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months. Current Gulf temperature may be found at SCCF Recon. The park has an extensive butterfly garden and is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) program. Birds and other wildlife can be found throughout the park. Amenities include restrooms, playgrounds, Live Oak amphitheater, Chickee Hut, pavilion, shelters, and picnic area. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the fishing pier on the Orange River. Do I need a saltwater fishing license? Bring your canoe/kayak and launch to the Orange River for fun and exploration. Access the natural beauty of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. View Manatee Park. Driving Directions: Take I-75 to exit 141. Go east 1 1/4 miles. The park is on the right (directly across the street from the FPL Power Plant). Fully accessible - NO pets. Group Program Requests: 239-690-5030 Educational Materials/Activities:Fish IdentificationButterfly IdentificationStart a Butterfly GardenManatee Poster (front)Manatee Poster (back)Manatee BingoManatee Coloring BookManatee Activity Book History Opened in 1996, this 17-acre Regional Park is built and operated through a cooperative effort of partners & sponsors. The land is owned by Florida Power & Light. The facilities were originally funded by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Native plant habitats and gardens have been planted and maintained by the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and many volunteers. Lee County residents provide visitor services as Volunteer Interpretive Naturalists trained in part by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. While small in size, Lee County Manatee Park provides information and programming for over 200,000 visitors annually.