Explore the wonders of Mound Key

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ESTERO BAY, Fla. – Standing as the tallest point in Lee County, Mound Key State Park raises up 30 feet above Estero Bay with beautiful views of Florida scenery and wildlife.

Even though 30 feet isn’t much, you have to consider the mound on the island was built all by hand, by the Calusa Indians sometime over 2,000 years ago. Made up of mostly shell and waste from the Prehistoric Native Americans.

The island is rich with history, believed to be a ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Several miles from the Koreshan State Historic Site, the island is only accessible by boat which makes Kayaking the perfect trip to the park and one of the best ways to experience it.

The College Life Foundation offers daily kayaking trips down the Estero River or across the Estero Bay to Mound Key from Lovers Key State Park at the Lovers Key boat launch. Trips cost $55 per person or $45 for ages 12-15.

Guides, Peg Egan and Brandy Minchew, not only show you the experience of the island but introduce you to the beauty of Southwest Florida’s water up close as dolphins and manatee often reach the surface to say hi.

To book your kayaking or hiking trip with the College Life Foundation, click here. Or call 239-992-2184.

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