CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK ../images/detail_photos/caloosahatcheepark.jpgCALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK Address 19130 North River Road Alva, FL 33920 Google Map/Directions Contact Information Alvin Lee Coffee - Park Supervisor & Yvonne Murray-Lewis - Campground Info 239-694-0398 firstname.lastname@example.org Facility Staff Events Events CalendarCRP Program Brochure Hours All three park entrances are closed until further notice due to tree damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Please check back for updates.March 13, 2017 – November 6, 2017 Parking Lot # 1 (Cindy Rouse Campground Entrance): Sunday to Thursday - 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. & Friday to Saturday - 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Parking Lot # 2 (Main Entrance): 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Parking Lot # 3 (North Side Entrance): 7:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m. November 7, 2017 - March 11, 2018 Parking Lot # 1: Sunday to Thursday - 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. & Friday to Saturday - 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Parking Lot # 2: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Parking Lot # 3: 7:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. PARKING LOT & TRAIL CLOSURES NORTH SIDE TRAILS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The North Side (mountain bike and equestrian trails) is often closed after heavy rains for safety reasons. This webpage will be updated to reflect these unscheduled closures. Always check here for updates before coming out to the park. As a reminder, trails on the north side of the park are specifically designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. All foot traffic (hikers or runners) should only use the horse trails on the north side with caution. SCHEDULED CLOSURESCANCELLED Saturday, September 16, 2017: Parking Lot 3 and all North Side Trails closed for the 8 Hours Racing Series. Sunday, November 12, 2017: Parking Lot 3 and all North Side Trails closed for the Florida Championship Series Mountain Bike Race. Information PARKING FEE: $1 per hour/$5 per day, year-round. Bring exact change. PARK RULES: Alcohol is not permitted. Ebikes 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 Brochure Campground Rules Land Stewardship (Management) Plan PARK MAPS Campground Map (scroll over the icons to see park photos) Kayak Launch Map & Coordinates CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK (CRP) POINTS OF ACCESS Parking Lot # 1 (19130 North River Rd.) 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. Parking Lot # 2 (18500 North River Rd.) is the Main Entrance to the park and is located on the south side of North River Road. This lot provides access to picnic pavilions and to the south side walking trails (including the overlook and fishing pier). Parking Lot # 3 (18251 North River Rd.) 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. 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 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. - 5:00 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 Lodge. Kayak rentals: Available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (RESERVATION REQUIRED 24 hrs in advance). 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 and includes paddles and life jackets. BRING EXACT CHANGE. A map and GPS coordinates can be found here. 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 bike 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 hrs. ahead to reserve a helmet and set up a pick up time 239-694-0398. You will need your driver 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.