MANATEE PARK
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10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.)
Fort Myers, FL
33905
(239) 690-5030
Kathy Ball
(239) 690-5030
kball@leegov.com
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Hours

Park Hours:                           Dawn to Dusk

 

Parking Fees:

$2 per hour/$5 per day       December-April 

$1 per hour/$5 per day       May - November        

$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:

Pavilion, Chickee Hut, Live Oak Amphitheater, and Picnic Area rentals are available APRIL through NOVEMBER at $50 per day, and may be reserved in advance with 72 hours notice. Call Ben Johnson at 239-707-1885 or email bcjohnson@leegov.com for reservation information.

 

Kayak/Canoe rental and concession provided by Calusa Blueway Outfitters & Gift Shop:

239-481-4600 or visit www.calusabluewayoutfitters.com

 

Kayak Rentals:

9am-4pm                  December-March

Reservation Only     April-November

 

Concession:

9am-4pm                  December-March

Closed                        April-November

 

 

Information

Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge for the Florida Manatee. Optimum viewing times are between the months of November and March when the gulf temperature is below 68F, and are generally not present during the warm summer months.

 

The park has an extensive butterfly garden, and is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program. Birds and other wildlife can be found throughout the park.

 

Amenities include restrooms, playgrounds, a Live Oak amphitheater, Chickee Hut, a pavilion, shelters, and a picnic area. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the fishing pier on the Orange River. Bring your canoe/kayak, and launch to the Orange River for fun and exploration.

 

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). See program listing for details on seasonal offerings.

Fully accessible - NO pets.


Do I need a saltwater fishing license? 

 

Group Program Requests: 239-690-5030

History

Opened in 1996, this 17 acre Regional Park is built and operated through a cooperative effort of partners & sponsors. While the land is owned by Florida Power & Light, the facilities were originaly funded by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Seasonal staffing is provided by Lee County Parks & Recreation. 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 150,000 visitors annually.