SAN CARLOS BAY - BUNCHE BEACH PRESERVE
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18201 John Morris Road
Fort Myers, FL
33908

Lee Coffee
239-707-0584
acoffee@leegov.com

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7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.
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$2 per hour parking fee. Approximately 100 vehicles can park between the site and the beach with no vehicles allowed to park on the west side of John Morris Road.

*Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this location.

Outfitters launching from Bunche Beach will be required to pay the onsite vendor a fee of $5 per vessel to launch their equipment.

This 718-acre facility is a natural tidal wetlands area that is located on San Carlos Bay. It is a natural area that is indicative of the entire area before the introduction of exotic plant species; it is "Old Florida." This is a living ecosystem that ranges from a sandy beach to Mangrove forests to salt flats and contains a wide variety of wildlife for viewing and offers great photographic opportunities from the flora & fauna to fantastic sunsets.

The  outdoor activity center has two paddlecraft lauches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, a 310 ft. boardwalk and composting restrooms. There is no running water and all electric needs are provided through solar power. An environmental friendly facility, built and designed to employ green practices.

Bunche Beach Preseve is a designated Great Florida Birding Trail site. For more information, maps and guides please visit the Great Florida Birding Trail .

Kayak Excursions is a full service kayak and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) company. They offer many different types of kayak rentals, kayak tours, kayak fishing, and lessons for adults and children, as well as SUP rentals, tours, lessons, and sales. For more information contact: 239-297-7011 or Kayak Excursions.

Notice: A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE IS STILL REQUIRED FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS WHO SALTWATER FISH FROM SHORE. HOWEVER THERE IS NO FEE FOR RESIDENTS.

History
In 1949 there was a dedication ceremony, barbecue, and festivities with over 3000 in attendance from as far away as Tampa, FL. That day it was officially dedicated and named Bunche Beach after Dr. Ralph Bunche, a famous African American who, at the time, was a mediator for the United Nations. The facility remained unchanged with little done to it until 2001 when all of the exotic vegetation was removed. Then in 2002 an additional 703 acres of adjacent lands were purchased under the 20/20 Conservation plan and shortly afterwards another 13.5 acres were aquired bringing the total to 717 acres and the re-naming of it to the San Carlos Bay / Bunche Beach Preserve.