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What’s Your Boat’s
Hurricane Plan?

Balmy mornings and thundery afternoons can only mean one thing: hurricane season has arrived. As with all things in boating, preparedness is key. Watching the local news report of a CAT 2 swirling in the Gulf is not the time to start figuring out what to do with your boat. Having a plan in place will give your boat its best chance to weather the storm. Here’s how to do it.

A Paddler’s Paradise

Whether you kayak, canoe or SUP, you’ll never run out of things to see on the Great Calusa Blueway a 190-mile paddling trail that winds through Lee County. Start planning your paddle through Estero Bay, Pine Island or the Caloosahatchee River with these free trail maps.

5 Tips for Sleeping Onboard

What could be better than sleeping under seemingly millions of stars and being lulled to sleep by gently lapping waves? Spending the night on the water can be an unforgettable experience. All it takes is a little advanced planning. Fortunately, our friends at Discover Boating have put together a list of tips for camping onboard.




Spiny Lobster
Season Opens
August 6 

Regular Season opens soon! Spiny lobster must have a minimum carapace length of greater than 3 inches (measurement must be taken in the water) and the daily recreational bag limit is 6 per harvester. Visit for full regulation details.

Preventing Aquatic Algae Blooms

It’s easy to do your part! Following your area’s summer fertilizer ordinance and taking a few simple steps can help keep our waterways clean.
Visit for more info and ways you can help prevent algae blooms.

Boater News
& Alerts

Stay in the know about the latest boater alerts, fishing reports and helpful info. Check out our Blog & Alerts page to see what’s going on in the water here in SWFL.
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