CCPR Program Guide FALL 2021 web

Boating &Water Activities

FISHING With its vast canal system and convenient location on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Cape Coral offers several fishing opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater activity.  Prior to dropping lines in the water, it is important that people be aware of, and adhere to Florida fishing license requirements and laws in order to avoid potential citations. The best source of information for current fishing rules and regulations, license fees, exemptions, measurements, seasons, species, and other “fish facts” both for saltwater and freshwater fishing is the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website at www.MyFWC.com. KAYAKING / CANOEING / SUP With so much water located in and around Cape Coral, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding are all popular activities enjoyedbylocalsandvisitorsalike.Thepopular GreatCalusaBlueway is a 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that encompasses three distinct regions of the Gulf of Mexico coast, ranging fromopen waters to sheltered mangrove creeks, and easily accessible fromCape Coral.  For a complete list of rules and regulations concerning recreational boating inFlorida, visit theBoatingpageof theFloridaFishandWildlife Conservation Commission's website at http://myfwc.com/boating/. KAYAK LAUNCHES For those who have their own kayak, canoe or SUP and wish to explore the area on their own, there are several Cape Coral parks where people are permitted to launch their vessels from. In addition to the five public boat ramps, highlighted on page 8, additional kayak launch locations include: d Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Launch is located adjacent to the Kayak Shack and allows kayakers to access the various saltwater creeks located within and around Four Mile Cove just north of the mid-point bridge. d Tropicana Park (unimproved) Narrow, unimproved kayak launch with access to the Calusa Blueway (saltwater) via Matlacha. d Saratoga Lake Park New ADA accessible kayak launch located on the southeast side of the park that launches into the same freshwater canal system as BMX Boat Ramp. d Sirenia Vista Park ADA accessible kayak ramp located on the northwest side of the park that provides easy access to the Calusa Blueway (saltwater). There is not a parking fee at any of these locations unless a boat trailer is used, in which case the Boat Trailer Parking Program  fee applies. NEW! The Cape Coral Yacht Club Pier is now licensed for public fishing! (Individual license not required.) The Yacht Club also offers daily fishing pole and tackle rentals, with spinning and push button reels available. Call 239-574-0806 or stop by the Yacht Club Ballroom during regular operating hours for details.

FISHING LOCATIONS Below is a list of approved fishing locations within Cape Coral's parks and the hours that people are permitted to fish:

Park

Location

Hours

Bernice Braden Park

Shoreline &Under Bridge 24 hours

Four Freedoms Park

Seawall Area

24 hours

Boating & Water Activities • www.CapeParks.com

Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve Two Piers

Daylight Only

Glover Bight at Rotary Park End of Boardwalk 

Daylight Only

Horton Park & Boat Ramp River Shoreline

24 hours

Jaycee Park

Shoreline 

Daylight Only

Lake Kennedy Park

Two Small Piers

Daylight Only

Rosen Park

Seawall Area 

24 hours

Seahawk Park (Lake Argosy) Around Lake

Daylight Only

Sirenia Vista Park

Shoreline 

Daylight Only

Yacht Club Community Park Fishing Pier

24 hours

KAYAK RENTALS For those who are looking to get in on the excitement but don’t have a kayak of their own, the Parks & Recreation Department offers seasonal weekend kayak rentals at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve from early November through late-May. d Kayak Shack at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve 2220 SE 21st Avenue • (239) 574-7395 OpenWeekends Only, November-May (closed June-October) Hours of Operation: 8:00am-4:00pm Last two-hour rental must depart by 2:00pm; All boats must be back by 4:00pm For information on weekdays or off-season, call Rotary Park at (239) 549-4606. KAYAK RENTAL RATES * Single kayak:  $30/four hours; $20/two hours; $10/hr addl. hours Tandem kayak: $45/four hours; $30/two hours; $15/hr addl. hours * Must be 18 or older to rent a kayak with a driver's license as collateral and no pets or children under 6 are permitted; Rental prices include equipment and sales tax. The kayak trail at this preserve is intricate in nature and includes an 800-foot portage, so is not intended for beginners or young children. In addition to the portage, there are narrowmangrove tunnels, many twists and turns, and there could be shallowwater in the tunnels or choppy water if you venture out into the river to get to the cove.  Four hours is the recommended rental choice because the best part of the park is on the east side of the portage. After the portage, there are no homes, no roads, just you and mother nature.

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