Officially opened in March 2003, the ambitious Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail began with 36 miles during its Phase I and today has expanded to 190 miles that run the length of Lee County, including into the waters of “Ding” Darling Refuge, up the Caloosahatchee River, and to the mostly uninhabited islands north of Captiva.
Named for the Calusa Indian tribesmen who once plied these waters in their dugout canoes, the trail connects to the kayak trail at Sanibel’s Tarpon Bay. Easy paddling in these parts, the Great Calusa Blueway provides trips of varying length for different levels of challenge.
Hook up with a paddling tour or set out on your own adventure. Signs mark the various points along the trail, and maps, available from www.calusablueway.com, chart GPS points to help you find your way. Maps also mark launch spots, parks, marinas, restaurants, bait shops, points of interest, camp sites, and other places of interest to the paddler.