|SAN CARLOS BAY - BUNCHE BEACH PRESERVE|
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18201 John Morris Road
Fort Myers, FL
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Bunche Beach Preserve is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.
NOTICE: As of March 1, 2013, parking fee will be $2 per hour.
Beginning August 1, 2013, Outfitters launching from Bunche Beach will be required to pay the onsite vendor a fee of $5 per vessel to launch their equipment.
*Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this location.
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. Bunche Beach Preseve is a designated Great Florida Birding Trail site for more information, maps and guides please visit the Great Florida Birding Trail website http://floridabirdingtrail.com/. The new 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. Approximately 100 vehicles can now park between the new site and the beach with no vehicles allowed to park on the west side of John Morris Road. Solar powered pay stations will charge $2 per hour parking fee and annual Lee County Parks & Recreation Parking Stickers will be honored at this location. No pets or alcohol permitted.
Notice: A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE IS STILL REQUIRED FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS WHO SALTWATER FISH FROM SHORE. HOWEVER THERE IS NO FEE FOR RESIDENTS. Read more here.
Kayak Excursions offers a full service Kayak and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards), 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 on the web at Kayak Excursions
|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 2020 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.|