Lee County's Paddling Treasure

Paddlers on the Caloosahatchee River.

Paddlers on the Caloosahatchee River.

One of the best ways to explore Lee County is by water. The 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail was developed by Lee County Parks & Recreation for this purpose. The trail attracts paddlers from all over the world who are interested in exploring the beautiful bays, rivers, backwaters and shorelines of Southwest Florida.  

Inspired by the indigenous Calusa, the Blueway encompasses three distinct regions. The first portion of the trail traverses through Estero Bay, while the second segment spans the waters around Pine Island and Matlacha Pass. The third segment of the trail takes paddlers inland to the Caloosahatchee and its tributaries.

The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is great for day trips as well as multi-day padding expeditions. The trail is easily accessible with numerous launching points, is clearly defined by markers, and has a dedicated app that can help you stay on track. The app also provides tips and techniques, and suggests how and where to paddle with children, trails for beginner and advanced paddlers, upcoming events, and more. It is an excellent resource for those who would like to plan a paddle-based outing nearby - check it out!

Ocean Tribe Outfitters is a branch of Sanibel Sea School that helps the SWFL paddling community better explore, enjoy, and understand the ocean. Visit oceantribeoutfitters.org or follow us on Facebook to learn more. 

Additional Resources:

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel - Calusa Blueway
Lee County - Calusa Blueway