CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK
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19130 North River Road
Alva, FL
33920

James Eash
239-694-0398
EASHJE@leegov.com
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PARK HOURS (November - March)
North side entrance (18251 North River Rd.): 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Main entrance (18500 North River Rd.): 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Campground entrance (19130 North River Rd.): 7 a.m.until 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Information

All trails are OPEN.

The equestrian and mountain biking trails may close due to the heavy rainfall, especially in summer months. Always check here for updates before coming out to the park. Mountain bikes are only allowed on the north side trails of the Park. The south side trails are for hiking only.

PARK CLOSURES
Saturday, May 23, 2015 and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 the north side trails will be closed for events.

PARKING FEE:
$1 per hour/$5 per day, year-round. Bring exact change.
(Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this park)

No smoking on trails.
Pets are not permitted.
Alcohol is prohibited.

FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Primative Tent Camping: $15 for a family site, $30 for a group site or equestrian site. Reservations made in advance are strongly recommended. Click here for a campground map. Reserve campsites online or check campsite availability.

Shelter rentals: $25 per day. Parking fees apply.

Lodge rentals: Seating for 80 in a screened facility with a kitchen (refrigerator, ice maker & microwave available) $150 per day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), plus a $250 refundable damage deposit. Regular parking fees apply. Lodge access requires a five minute walk from the campground parking lot. Reserve online for single day rentals or call the office for multiple day rentals.

Kayak rentals: Available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m daily with an appointment. Kayak rental reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling the office to ensure equipment availability. Kayak rentals are not available on holidays. Single-person or tandem (two-person) kayaks are available. Kayaks rental fees are $15 per hour, $40 per day per boat and includes the use of paddles and life jackets. Bring exact change.

This park features 768 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Crossing through them, you'll find over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. The north side of the park is designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. The south side of the park has hiking trails, fishing pier, a floating dock and the primative campground. Primative camping sites for families and groups are available, along with equestrian sites for people with horses. Kayaking and fishing are available along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Covered pavillions are available for group use or special events.

Park programs include guided walks, guided kayak trips, themed preschool and home school programs, and more. See the Events Calendar for dates, more information and how to register. 

Annual and Upcoming Events:
Annual special events include the CRCA River Ride in November the Coconut Cup/Florida State Championship Series Mountain Bike Race in November, Southwest Gulf Coast Envirothon in December, Caloosahatchee Ultra 25K & 50K Runs Dec. 6, 2014 and the River, Roots and Ruts Trail Run Jan. 11, 2015.

Attention Bikers: The bike trails run in one direction. The direction changes monthly. Check the directional signs located at bike trailheads. It is strongly recommended all users take (or photograph) a park map before heading out on the trails. Helmets are strongly recommended for all mountain bikers and required by state law for anyone under 16. Loaner helmets are available at no charge in the campground office. Call 24 hrs. ahead to reserve a helmet and set up a pick up time 239-694-0398. You will need your driver license to borrow helmets.

Caloosahatchee Regional Park will offer night rides on the mountain biking trails on Thursday nights during Daylight Savings Time. This means that night rides will occur from Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 through March 5, 2015 and will resume on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Night rides that fall on County holidays are cancelled. Night rides begin at 6:30 p.m. and all riders must be finished and back in the parking lot by 8:30 p.m. All night riders will leave from the north side entrance to the park located at 18251 N. River Rd. Alva, FL 33920. These rides are for experienced riders familiar with the trails. Riders are required to wear proper safety gear and lights. Night riders must sign in with staff at the North entrance and sign a “hold harmless” waiver. Riders are required to sign back in with staff on their return. Staff reserves the right to deny a rider who does not have proper night gear or who has abused the return procedures and times. Parking fees apply.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers needed for trail maintenance, park maintenance and environmental interpretation programs.
Click here to apply.

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History
Purchased by the State of Florida in the 1960's, Lee County entered into a lease on the site in 1989, with a management agreement to provide public recreational opportunities. Located along the Caloosahatchee River, it is an area rich in natural history. Calusa Indians are believed to be the first settlers here. Followed by Seminole and early settlers of what is now known as Alva. Early studies have also found two archaeological sites within the park. The efforts of several community members from the Caloosa Saddle Club in 1985, were instrumental in convincing Lee County Commissioners to proceed with plans to develop a park. Along with other groups such as the Florida Mud Cutters Mountain Bike Club, volunteers were instrumental in the development of the trail system on the park's 400 acre North side. Caloosahatchee Regional Park opened on March 6, 1999 and to this day, Lee County volunteers are instrumental in trail maintenance and campground management.