CANOE, KAYAK AND WALKING TRAILS
Back Bay Preserve -
Canoe & Kayak Trail
& Hiking Trail
The trip begins at the end of Oleander in St James City. Launch at the beach and paddle 1 miles east along the
& Hiking Trail
Fritts Park /
Big Jim Creek Preserve -
& Kayak Trail
This lovely paddling trial is a birders paradise as it winds its way down a series of channels, under the mangrove canopy, through Big Jim Creek and on out to the sound. One can catch glimpses of green heron and yellow crowned night heron in the mangrove tunnels. The shallow sand bars of Big Jim Creek are frequented by great blue heron, white ibis, American egret, and occasionally, if youre lucky, you might spot a handful of roseate spoonbills or a raft of white pelicans. The trail is a major link to the sound and the outer barrier islands. There is also a northern section to the trail that creates a loop back to the first canal. There are many interesting ponds and hidden coves to explore, as well.
In collaboration with Lee County Parks and Recreation, this site will be highlighted as a canoe & kayak launch on the map of Phase II of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Marking of Phase II of the Blueway is nearly complete, connecting it with Phase I of the trail at Bunchee Beach in Fort Myers, by the Sanibel Causeway. It comes north then branches at Pine Island, one side heads west and north up Pine Island sound next to the barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Cayo Costa, the other branch heads east and north up Matlacha Pass. The Calusa Land Trust has designated six places on its preserves as highlights on the Blueway. They include Picnic Island, designated as a camping area; Back Bay Preserve in Saint James City & Underhill Creek Preserve, both designated as paddling trails; the Saint Jude Trail, designated as a hiking trail/rest stop; Shell Cut on Calusa Island in Bokeelia, designated as a picnic/rest stop; and Fritts Park, designated as a canoe & kayak launch.
The canoe launch is at the northwest corner of Fritts Park. The park is located at the end of Beach Daisy Lane, a dirt road heading west off of Stringfellow about five miles north of Pine Island Center. The trail heads west and south following a series of mosquito ditches to
& Kayak Trail
Kreie Preserve - Canoe
& Kayak Trail & Peter Ordway Tropical Hammock
There are a few launch sites in Bokeelia for this trip. The closest is Jug Creek Cottages, run by Tropic Star, where a small launch fee is charged. Call ahead 239-283-0015. Follow the Jug Creek boat channel west towards Pine Island Sound. Turn south into the small bay just before marker #14 and continue heading in a generally southerly direction. The trail runs through Big Jim Creek Preserve, winding between mangrove islands and through a few mangrove tunnels down to a small bay where it then turns northwest and heads up to
Saint Jude Nature
On Pine Island in St. James City on Laratonda (which becomes Stabile Road) off Stringfellow. 1/2 mile nature trail with labeled native trees and plants. Magnificent view of the islands of Malatcha Pass at the trail's end.
Shell Cut Hiking Trail, Calusa Island Preserve
Use these links for more information.
Shell Cut - Marked Trail and Directions to Launch
Dobbs Preserve Hiking
trail & Underhill Creek Canoe &
This trip begins at the