2017-09-01 / Community

A river runs through it

By Katie Moses
Assistant Park Manager Koreshan State Historic Site

Koreshan State Historic Site offers kayak and canoe rentals so boaters can enjoy the Estero River. 
Contributed Koreshan State Historic Site offers kayak and canoe rentals so boaters can enjoy the Estero River. Contributed The Estero River is a beautiful and peaceful waterway that links the village of Estero with the gorgeous Estero Bay. This tranquil river runs along the border of Koreshan State Historic Site and provided the main path of transportation for the Koreshan Unity members who settled in Estero in the late 1800s.

The river today is lined with red, black and white mangroves, housing developments as well as in large sections, the Koreshan State Historic Site and Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The main use of the river today is for the enjoyment of Lee County residents, snowbirds and visitors to the area. The park has a wonderful boat ramp to provide access for boaters and paddlers. Did you know the park also offers kayak and canoe rentals?

Sadly, as the area around the river develops and more people flock to this little river for its tranquil beauty, certain unattractive items get left behind. Trash and fishing line often wash up along the open banks of the river and can get caught within the web of man- grove roots, which are essential to stabilizing the river banks.

Koreshan State Historic Site, Keep Lee County Beautiful, College of Life Foundation, and the Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site would like to invite one and all to ensure the Estero River remains beautiful and remains a safe habitat for the native inhabitants who live and rely upon the river for survival. A river cleanup will be held on September 16 to celebrate The International Coastal Cleanup in collaboration with Keep Lee County Beautiful’s countywide coastal cleanup.

Another river cleanup will be taking place on September 30 to celebrate National Public Lands Day in collaboration with College of Life Foundation. Both will start at 9 a.m. and provide canoes, paddles, and life jackets at no charge for volunteers wanting to help keep the Estero River beautiful.

For more information please visit www.flordiastateparks.org/koreshan.

Coastal Cleanups

Events to clean up the Estero River and other local coastal areas are set for September 16 and 30. Both begin at 9 a.m.

To register for the Coastal Cleanup on September 16 at Koreshan State Historic Site, contact the park’s ranger station at (239) 992-0311.

To register for the National Public Lands Day cleanup on September 30, contact the College of Life Foundation at (239) 992-2184.

Register early to reserve your spot. Canoes will be provided each of those days and can accommodate two or three people. Paddlers who own their own gear are encouraged to register and participate.

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