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Caxambas Park is a beautiful water access point located on south end of Marco Island. This public boat access point includes a 4 acre park, ample parking, concessions for sale from sunscreen to food, and allows easy access to the northern Ten Thousand Islands, and the Gulf of Mexico.

909 Collier Ct

Marco Island, FL, 34145

239-642-0004

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The Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park is the only public access facility in Collier County designed exclusively for launching paddle crafts, which are non-motorized vessels such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. The facility features a ramp, picnic pavilions, and restrooms which will also be accessible to pedestrians from the nearby Collier Boulevard boat ramp. The Park provides public access to McIlvane Bay, a shallow mangrove fringed bay that provides outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploring quiet backwaters in a relatively unexplored part of the Reserve.

3620 Collier Blvd.

Naples, FL 34113

239-252-4000

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951 boat ramp is located just north of Marco Island. 951 gives you direct access to 10,000 Islands, Rookery Bay, and Northern Marco Island.

Collier Boulevard (SR 951) and Capri Boulevard (CR 952)

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Located on the Goodland Bay, the park has a two-lane boat launch ramp, ample trailer parking. The park has a covered picnic pavilion with grill, fishing pier and fish cleaning station, and a life jacket loan program.

740 Palm Point Dr.

Goodland, FL 34145

239-389-4247

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A canoe trail was created by the Friends of Rookery Bay starting at the lagoon at the end of Shell Island Road. The road was built with materials excavated from a shell mound that was once the site of a Calusa Indian village in the lagoon. Calusa villages were built on large, flat-topped mounds of discarded shells. These mounds, or middens, are evidence that the Calusa thrived on shellfish. As a nonagricultural coastal people, the Calusa relied on the productive estuary for survival. In order to make travel in their dugout canoes easier, the Calusa dug a network of canals across the shell mounds. Perhaps these ancient inhabitants once traveled the Shell Point Canoe Trail. As you explore the trail, think of the Calusas and how they made use of the many natural resources within the estuary.

2 Shell Island Rd

Naples, FL 34113

239 530-5940