Frequently Asked Questions

Use the links below to jump directly to a category or facility.

ADA | All Facilities| Summer Camp | Recreation Programs | Youth Sports
Parking Stickers & Pool Passports | East Facilities (Buckingham, Lehigh, Alva)
Bowditch Pointe Park | Bunche Beach |Bonita Beach Area| Lynn Hall Beach
Punta Rassa Boat Ramp | Dog Friendly Parks | Six Mile Cypress Slough
Lakes Park | Beach Weddings | Miscellaneous

  ADA
Q. Does Lee County have any Accessible Beach Wheelchairs?
A.

LCPR does not have any Accessible Beach Wheelchairs, but we can refer you to various agencies and locations to get them.

1. Lover's Key (239) 463-4588 provides them for their beach only, free of charge.

2. Sanibel Island Police Department (239) 472-3111 will make arrangements to have an accessible Beach wheelchair at any of their beach locations. Also Billy's Bike Rental on Sanibel Island provides them.

3. Fun Rental on Fort Myers Beach (239) 463-8844 rents them out.

4. Scooters Plus downtown Fort Myers (239) 337-1773.

Call (239) 267-2181 for further questions or visit our ADA page here.

   
All Facilities
Q.
Are pets including dogs allowed in county parks?
A.

No, the County has provided other facilities that are for pet use such as, “Dog Beach”, “Barkingham Park”, "K-9 Corral" at Estero Park, "Pooch Park" at Judd Park, "Woof-A-Hatchee" at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, Sanibel Causeway Islands (on-leash only), and John Yarbrough Linear Park (on-leash only.) Check them out HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.
   
Q.
I have a handicap plate placard do I still pay for parking?
A.
Yes, unless you have a 'DV' Disabled Veteran motor vehicle plate or a wheelchair lift inside the vehicle.
   
Summer Camp
Q.
Does the $75 camp registration fee include lunch
A.
No the fee does not include lunch but does include field trips.
 
Recreation Programs Back to top
Q.
What types of non-school age programs and evening programs do you offer?
A.
Each recreation facility offers a variety of programs for all ages. Please refer to our online brochure for the individual center’s current class information. Click HERE for current brochure.
 
Q.
What my child will need to wear for the class of
ballet/tap/jazz/tumbling/polynesians/baton?
A.

Guidelines are established by individual contract instructors. For specific information contact the center you are interested in attending.

 
Q.
I would like to know when is the registration date for the Afterschool open recreation at your facilities.
A.
The After school recreation known as Club Rec is for children 6-12, and Club Rec Plus for children 13-14, and is $100 per session (pre and post winter break). Registration for Club Rec opens on July 1st.
 
Youth Sports Back to top
Q.
What youth sports do you have and how do I sign my child up?
A.
Various youth sport organizations use our park facilities. They include Little League, AAU baseball, Pop Warner Football, and youth soccer. All youth leagues run independently of Lee County and the respective leagues handle registration. Please contact your local league for individual details. Contact the supervisor at the park you are interested in using and they can provide the current youth sport contacts. Here's a link to Youth Sports Contacts.
 
Parking Stickers and Pool Passports Back to top
Q.
Where can we purchase parking stickers?
A.

Parking stickers can be purchased at the following locations:
Terry Park – Mon. through Fri. 8am – 5pm, Estero Recreation Center (during open hours), Veterans Recreation Center (during open hours),North Fort Myers Recreation Center (during open hours), Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center (during open hours), Matlacha Community Center (no appt. necessary – call first 239-283-4110), and Caloosahatchee Regional Park (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm). Or online using the WebTrac application.

   
Q.
Where are the parking stickers accepted?
A.

Download Parking Sticker Locations Map HERE

NOTICE - Starting December 1st, 2010 only current parking stickers purchased before this date will be valid at Bonita Beach Park.

Parking sticker program allows you to park free at the following locations: Bonita Beach access 1 and access 10 (not Bonita Beach Park), San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve, Bowman’s Beach, Turner Beach (north lot only), Bowditch Point Regional Park, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Manatee Park, Lakes Regional Park and Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park. Parking stickers are also valid at boat ramps: Alva, Davis, Imperial River, Matlacha and Punta Rassa. Parking sticker is also valid at Pine Island Commercial Marina on weekends and county-recognized holidays.

Please Note: Lee County Parks and Recreation parking stickers issued after July 31, 2008 will not be valid for parking in the Captiva Island North Lot (Alison Hagerup Beach Park). Visitors parking in this lot will be required to pay the hourly rate.

   
Q.
Is there a fee to replace a parking sticker if lost, stolen, mutilated or I get a new tag number or new vehicle?
A.
Yes. There is a small $5.00 replacement fee for new tag number, new vehicle, lost, stolen or mutilated parking stickers as long as your current sticker is still valid.
   
Buckingham, Alva, Lehigh Community, Veterans Park Back to top
Q.
Can we rent the shelters at Buckingham, Alva, or Lehigh Community Park?
A.
Shelters at Buckingham, Alva, or Lehigh Community Park are on a first come first served basis. The Buckingham shelter is very large and we expect individual and parties to share. This allows more people the opportunity to use the shelter without having it monopolized by one small group “renting” for the day.
 
Q.
How do I rent the pavilion/kitchen at Veterans’ park?
A.
The staff at Veteran's Park Recreation Center handles the permitting of the pavilion. Please call 239-369-1521 for more information.
 
Bowditch Point Park Back to top
Q.
Where do I pay to park and how much is it?
A.
If you are parked in the handicap parking area you would pay the individual parking meters. If you are parked in the parking lot you would pay at the pay station located by the walk in entrance to the park. The fee is $2.00 per hour. The yearly parking sticker is also good here.
 
Q.
I have a handicap plate/placard do I still have to pay for parking?
A.
Yes, unless you have a 'DV' Disabled Veteran motor vehicle plate or a wheelchair lift inside the vehicle.
 
Q.
Can I reserve one of the shelters at Bowditch Point?
A.
No, the shelters are available on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Q.
What are Bowditch park hours?
A.
Bowditch park is open from 8am to ½ hour past sunset.
Bunche Beach Back to top
Q.
Is there a fee for use of Bunche Beach?
A.
Yes, a $2 per hour parking fee. Annual Lee County Parks & Recreation Parking Stickers will be honored at this location.
 
Q.
Are pets including dogs permitted at Bunche Beach?
A.

No, the County has provided other facilities that are for pet use such as, “Dog Beach”, “Barkingham Park”, "K-9 Corral" at Estero Park, "Pooch Park" at Judd Park, Sanibel Causeway Islands (on-leash only), and John Yarbrough Linear Park (on-leash only.) Check them out HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Q.
Now that the county has purchased the surrounding property are there going to be improvements made at Bunche Beach?
A.
Yes, there will be a study/survey to find out what the public wishes are and those will be weighed against what is desirable and viable to have the area remain as pristine preserve. Nothing will be fast coming as far as improvements.
 
Q.
Are we allowed to have a fire on Bunche beach?
A.
No, no open fires are permitted.
 
Q.
Can we fish at Bunche Beach?
A.
Yes, Florida fishing regulations apply.
 
Q.
Can we camp overnight at Bunche Beach?
A.
No, no camping allowed.
 
Q.
Can I launch my kayak or canoe at Bunche Beach?
A.
Yes provided it can be done by hand and they are brought in on a vehicle top (no trailers).
 
Lynn Hall Beach Back to top
Q.
How much does it cost and when do I have to pay to park at Lynn Hall?
A.
The payment for parking is strictly enforced from 7am to 10pm and the fee is $2.00 per hour. Fine for non-payment is $18.00
 
Q.
I have a handicap plate/placard do I still have to pay for parking?
A.
Yes, unless you have a 'DV' Disabled Veteran motor vehicle plate or a wheelchair lift inside the vehicle.
 
Q.
Are pets including dogs allowed on the beach at Lynn Hall?
A.

No pets are permitted inside the boundaries of the county facility. The Town of Ft Myers Beach does permit pets on their beaches. Check out our dog friendly facilities HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Q.
Where else can I park?
A.
Behind “Winds” or under the sky bridge or one mile up the road at Bowditch Point Park. Fees apply.
 
Q.
Can I reserve a shelter at Lynn Hall?
A.
No, shelters are available on a first come first serve basis.
 
Q.
Can I hold a parking space for my friend?
A.
You can not place any item, block, reserve or physically occupy a space. A parking space may only be held or occupied by a licensed motorized vehicle.
 
Q.
Do I need a license to fish from the pier at Lynn Hall?
A.
No, the pier is a licensed pier, but Florida fishing regulations apply.
 
Boat Ramps (Punta Rassa) Back to top
Q.
Where do you pay to park at Punta Rassa?
A.
At the pay station located directly in front of the ramps
 
Q.
How much does it cost to park at Punta Rassa?
A.
$10.00 per day. The yearly parking sticker is also good at this facility.
 
Q.
I have a handicap plate/placard do I still have to pay for parking?
A.
Yes, unless you have a 'DV' Disabled Veteran motor vehicle plate or a wheelchair lift inside the vehicle.
 
Q.
Can I stay longer than 72 hours at Punta Rassa Boat Ramp?
A.
Yes, prior permission from the facility supervisor required
 
Q.
Does the Toll Facility give change for parking at Punta Rassa?
A.
No, they will not give change. The pay station accepts dimes, nickels, quarters and one dollar bills. As long as it is accepting one or the other you are required to pay for parking. Fine for non-payment is a minimum of $18.00.
 
Q.
I have a vehicle trailer combination and there are no spaces left for it, but there are spaces for single vehicles can I unhook and put one in each space?
A.
No, trailers must remain connected to the tow vehicle.
 
Dog Parks Back to top
Q.
Are pets including dogs allowed in the County parks?
A.

County ordinance prohibit pets in any county park, with the exception of “Dog Beach”, “Barkingham Park”, "K-9 Corral" at Estero Park, "Pooch Park" at Judd Park, "Woof-a-Hatchee Park" at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, Sanibel Causeway Islands (on-leash only), and John Yarbrough Linear Park (on-leash only.) Check them out HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Q.
Where can you take your dog to the park?
A.

Dog Beach”, “Barkingham Park”, "K-9 Corral" at Estero Park, "Pooch Park" at Judd Park, "Woof-a-Hatchee Park" at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, Sanibel Causeway Islands (on-leash only), and John Yarbrough Linear Park (on-leash only.) Check them out HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Q.
Where can you take your dog to the beach?
A.

Dog Beach off State Road 865 next door to Lovers Key State Park. Check out our dog friendly facilities HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Q.
Can we take dogs across the park from Barkingham Dog Park to the new playground and shelter at Buckingham Community Park?
A.

Dogs are only allowed in the designated dog park area. Safety concerns dictate that dogs are not allowed in picnic or playground areas.

Read Service Animal Policy here.

 
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Back to top
Q.
What are the hours of operation?
A.

Boardwalk Trail Hours of operation are Dawn to Dusk year round.
Interpretive Center Hours are
· Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 
Q.
How much does it cost?
A.
The cost for parking is $1/hour with a $5.00 max for the day. Walk-ins and bicycles are free. There is no additional cost to walk along the boardwalk on your own or to enter the Interpretive Center. There is a variable fee associated with programs.
 
Q.
What is a Slough (slew)?
A.
A slough is often called a swamp. It is a wooded wetland that changes seasonally from a slow moving body of water to dry areas with intermittent ponds. All the water is fresh water from rain. See our website for the varied Ecosystems of the Slough.
 
Q.
How many acres of wetlands make up the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve?
A.
The Slough consists of over 3,500 acres, roughly 11 miles long and 1/3 mile wide. It has a 33 square mile watershed.
 
Q.
Do alligators live here?
A.
Yes! The Six Mile Cypress Slough preserve offers over 3,500 acres of land for alligators to roam. They are sometimes difficult to see as they are shy and stay hidden. When it is sunny, they sunbathe on logs or banks. Oftentimes, only their head is visible, but you can estimate the size of the animal by the space between their eyes and nostrils: inches=feet. For example, if there appears to be 6-7 inches between the eyes and the nostrils of an alligator, chances are the length is 6-7 feet.
 
Q.
What type of wildlife can I see?
A.
The opportunity to see certain animals at the Slough varies with the seasons. It also depends on your keen eye and quiet exploration through the preserve. Alligators, turtles, herons, and hawks are just a few of the species you may expect to see in the Preserve. Also, look for evidence of animals such as woodpeckers’ marks and animal tracks. See Tips & Tricks for viewing wildlife on our web page as well as our Plant and Wildlife lists to learn what lives in the Slough.
 
Q.
How does the Slough change throughout the seasons?
A.
The Slough changes both with the wildlife it attracts and the habitat it provides. During the rainy season, the Slough is a slow moving body of water drifting through native plants that are brimming with food for eager wildlife. When the water is low, animals can forage on the ground and plants can germinate their seeds. Every season shows a new perspective of the Slough.
 
Q.
What types of facilities are at the Slough?
A.
The Slough has a Boardwalk Trail that guides you through the Preserve, as well as an amphitheater, picnic area, restrooms and a "Green" Interpretive Center Building. The site is handicap accessible.
 
Q.
How much time does it take to walk the boardwalk trail?
A.
The boardwalk trail is 1.2 miles long. The time it takes to walk the trail is up to the individual. Guided walks usually take approximately 90 minutes, and walk the lower loop trail which is ¾ of a mile.
 
Q.
What programs for groups are offered?
A.
At the Slough variety of programs are offered, ranging from Animal Adaptations (which utilizes artifacts like an alligator skull, turtle shells, or other items) to a Sensory Guided Walk. Fees vary from $1.00/ person to $3.00/person. For more information, or to learn about our teacher’s packet please call Heather Gienapp at (239) 533-7556 or hgienapp@leegov.com. Registration required.
 
Q.
Are programs offered at this facility for the general public?
A.
Yes. At the Six Mile Cypress Slough
May-October free guided walks are offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
November-December and April free guided walks are daily at 9:30 a.m.
January-March free guided walks are daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Walks are open to the first 20 people who arrive and check in with the Trail Host. Check-in opens 30 minutes prior to each walk. No groups of 6 or more.
 
 Lakes Park Back to top
Q.
What are the park hours?
A.
The Park hours are from 8AM to Sunset, seven days a week
 
Q.
Is there a fee for use of Lakes Park?
A.
 Yes, a parking fee is required. The rate is $1.00 per hour or $5.00 for all day. Payment can be made at two locations on either end of each parking lot. They are located under small shelter type structures, labeled with red signs that read “Pay Station.” These machines accept any combination of quarters, dimes or nickels and $1.00 bills, they also accept credit cards. They do not give change. There is also an annual parking sticker available that is good for many Lee County Parks and Recreation Facilities and Boat Ramps. At this time, the sticker fee is $60.00 and good for one year. The sticker is assigned to a specific vehicle, if you use multiple vehicles you will have to purchase a sticker for each individual vehicle. You can also get a sticker by calling 239-533-7275. Minimum fine for non-payment is $18.00.
 
Q.
Can I bring my pets including dogs to Lakes Park?
A.

No, but the County has provided other facilities for pet use such as, “Dog Beach”, “Barkingham Park”, "K-9 Corral" at Estero Park, "Pooch Park" at Judd Park, "Woof-a-Hatchee Park" at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, Sanibel Causeway Islands (on-leash only), and John Yarbrough Linear Park (on-leash only.) Check them out HERE.

Read Service Animal Policy here.


Q.
How long are the trails through Lakes park?
A.
If you walk, run, bike, roller blade, etc. We have about 3.2 miles of trails. Bicycles are available for rent. For information, please call Wheel Fun Rentals at 332-2453.
(No motorized vehicles, unless for disabled purposes, then electric only is allowed.)
 
Q.
Do I have to rent a shelter to use one at Lakes Park?
A.
B. No, Non-reserved shelters are on a first come first serve basis. To ensure exclusive use for your party, reservations must be made ONLINE or by calling 239-533-7275. NO MAIL RESERVATIONS.
 
Q.
Can I bring and use my own grill?
A.
A. Yes, you may bring and use your own grill, however, you may not place used charcoal in the trashcans or dump them on the ground. We provide several grills other than the one’s located at the shelters that are available on a first come first serve basis.
 
Q.
If we reserve a shelter at Lakes Park can we use an outside vendor for things like catering, bounce houses, etc?
A.
Yes, but some activities require the vendor to have additional insurance on file with the County prior to the event. The vendor and service they provide must have prior approval from the park first. For information on using a vendor at Lakes Park, please call Lee Coffee (239) 533-7580 Sun-Thur or Mary Beth Krause (239) 533-7576 Tue-Sat.
 
Q.
Can we feed the Alligators?
A.
A. No, Florida Law prohibits the feeding or molestation of Alligators and carries a $500.00 fine if caught. When humans feed alligators, they then associate humans as a food source. They then become aggressive and dangerous. When this occurs, we have no other choice than to have them removed and destroyed. Relocation is not an option because they will always associate humans with food.
 
Q.
Can we fish in the lake at Lakes Park?
A.
A. Yes, fishing is allowed, but no fishing is permitted on the beach or within 100 feet of the marina/concession. Florida fishing regulations apply.
 
Q.
Can I use my own boat in the lake?
A.
A. Yes, but you must fill out a NO COST PERMIT for launching of a private watercraft and the craft must be a U.S.C.G. approved vessel. This permit can be obtained at the Lakes Park Office from 8 AM til 5 PM seven days a week. No gasoline engines are permitted at any time. They cannot even be on the vessel. Electric motors are permissible. The permit is good only during the operational hours of the park and vessels must be launched and retrieved from a specific area designated for this purpose. For more information, please call 239-533-7575.
 
Q.
Can we swim in the lake at Lakes Park?
A.
A. No, Swimming is prohibited at Lakes Park due to safety reasons.
 
Q.
What are the rates and hours of operation of the miniature Railroad at Lakes Park?
A.
The regular rates are $3.00 per adult and $1.00 for ages 5 years and under. They have special rates for groups and Special Events. The hours of operation, weather permitting, are Monday - Friday 10AM – 1:45 PM, Saturdays 10AM – 3:45, Sundays 12PM – 3:45 PM and Holidays 10AM – 3:45PM. For more information call 239-267-1905 during the hours of the days listed above or visit their website at www.trainweb.org/lprr.
 
Q.
Can I camp at Lakes Park?
A.
No, camping is not permitted
 
Q.
I have a handicap plate/placard do I still have to pay for parking?
A.
Yes, unless you have a 'DV' Disabled Veteran motor vehicle plate or a wheelchair lift inside the vehicle.
 
Miscellaneous Back to top
Q.
How do I get on the Lee County Parks and Recreation mailing list?
A.
Call 239-533-7275 and request to be put on the mailing list.
 
Q.
What is the number to Cape Coral and Ft. Myers Parks & Recreation?
A.
Cape Coral Parks & Recreation 239-573-3128 and Ft. Myers Parks & Recreation 239-321-7530
 
Q.
What is the number to the Franklin Locks?
A.
239-694-2582
 
Q.
What is the number to Cayo Costa?
A.
941-964-0375
 
Q.
Where can you go camping in Lee County?
A.
Caloosahatchee Regional Park at 239-693-2690 or call State Parks and Recreation at 941-964-0375
 
Q.
What is the number to State Park information?
A.
941-964-0375
 
Q.
Where is a good place to roller blade and ride your bike?
A.
Lakes Regional Park Also, see the Lee County MPO Bicycle Facilities Map (3.1 MB File)
 
Q.
Is alcohol permitted?
A.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted in any park facility.
 
Q.
Can we use a baseball or football field whenever we like?
A.
Unless permitted by another group or closed for maintenance, the drop-in user can enjoy any community park field. However, all organized leagues and teams must provide proper insurance and pay fees where applicable. To assure field usage for a birthday party, etc., permits can be obtained at a nominal fee.
 
Q.
I am interested in being a campground host at Caloosahatchee Park who should I contact?
A.
The person in charge of scheduling campground hosts at Caloosahatchee Park is Kathy Ball telephone number 239-694-0398 .
   
  Bonita Beach Park and Area Back to top
Q.
How many parking spaces are available at Bonita Beach Park, beach access 1 and beach access 10?
A.

There are 86 total spaces at Bonita Beach with 4 of those reserved for disabled parking. There are 24 spaces at Access #1 with one of those dedicated for disabled. There are 40 spaces at Access #10 with 2 of those spaces designated for the disabled.

NOTICE - Starting December 1st, 2010 only current parking stickers purchased before this date will be valid at Bonita Beach Park.

   
  Beach Wedding Questions Back to top
Q.
Do you allow weddings on the beach?
A.
Yes, as long as you follow the park rules and regulations. See Parks Ordinance 06-26  
   
Q.
Do you have areas that we may reserve such as shelters, pavilions or picnic areas?
A.
No, all of our locations are available on a first come basis. Parking and specific space is never guaranteed.  
   
Q.
Is a permit required or is there a fee?
A.
Wedding and small event permits are not required at any Lee County Beach Park. Parking fees are required for all vehicles. All parks are open for public use and accessibility unless defined otherwise by the Director. 
   
Q.
Is there a limit to the size of our group?
A.
Yes, all areas are open to the public and group size should not impede on other park visitors.
   
Q.
What hours are you open?
A.
Most all Lee County Beach Parks hours are open from 7am to dusk.
   
Q.
May we set up chairs, tents and such on the beach?
A.
Yes, a few chairs may be set up as well as a 10’x10’ tent, an arch or other simple wedding decorations that can be easily and promptly removed.
   
Q.
May we use candles or tiki torches, rose petals or toss rice?
A.
No candles or torches of any type are allowed. In an effort to protect our fragile coastal environment and ecosystem, foreign objects are forbidden such as petals, rice, etc. Nothing can be tied or anchored to our vegetation or structures.
   
Q.
What type of parking is available?
A.
Limited parking is available and is different at each park. It is all on a first come, first serve basis and there is an hourly fee for parking. Fees are $2 per hour per vehicle. You may want to trolley or carpool to the parks.
   
Q.
Is food and drink allowed?
A.
Yes, you may bring in food and beverages but you may not have any type of alcohol in county parks and no glass is permitted. At certain parks, catering companies may have limited access; this can be discussed with your site supervisor.
   
Q.
Are DJ and music permitted?
A.
No public announcement systems or loud music that could impede on other park visitors is allowed. Small single speaker stereo or acoustic guitar music is permitted.
   
Q.
Will there be people on the beach during our wedding?
A.
Yes, all beaches are open to the public. You may have beach goers watching but most do from afar.
   
Q.
What should I do is case it rains or the weather is bad?
A.
You should have a backup plan in place.
   
Q.
If I am from out of state do I need a Florida Marriage License to get married?
A.
Yes, for more marriage license information contact www.LeeClerk.org