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