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Kayaking and Canoeing at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, Florida


Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Lakes Regional Park is a part of the Lee County Parks System. The lake was formed from a rock quarry back in the 60s, making kayaking and canoeing at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers possible today. Lees County purchased the land in 1978 and Lakes Park was opened to the public in 1984. Today it is home to a variety of old trees on islands in the lake and wildlife including different species of birds, fish, and alligators, to name just a few. Lakes Regional Park is a wonderful recreation area for the whole family and a superb place to paddle.

Kayaking at Lakes Regional Park Information

  • Address: 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • Hours Open: 7:00 A.M. to Dusk
  • Parking: $1/hour or $5/day
  • Type of Paddling: Fresh Water Lake
  • Lake Depth: Up to 20 feet
  • Canoe and Kayak Rentals: Wheel Fun Rentals: 239-332-2453
  • Activities: Paddling, Fishing, Biking

Fun for the Whole Family

Lakes Regional Park Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboat Rentals
Photo © by George E. Sayour
Lakes Regional Park is a full service park, so to speak. There are bike and boat rental and a concession stand down by the water. Playgrounds and splash pads are conveniently located for the kids. Of course there are pavilions and picnic areas. And thats just for starters. But don't let the domesticated nature of all that fool you. The lake here is large and gets secluded. Just know, that if you're doing the family thing, this is a great place to bring the clan while you get some time out on the water.

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Renting a Canoe or Kayak

Lakes Regional Park Kayak Rentals
Photo © by George E. Sayour

Lakes Regional Park is very accommodating to paddlers. They rent a variety of different water craft including paddle boats, canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, and kayaks with cockpits. So, if you're on vacation and don't have your boat with you, this could be a good place to stretch those arms so to speak and get some time out on the water.

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Bring Your Own Kayak and Paddling Gear

Lakes Regional Park Kayaking
Photo © by George E. Sayour

Of course, any serious kayaker will want to paddle their own kayak or canoe if its available, especially if its rigged with specialized gear. For instance, this lake is a favorite among local freshwater canoe and kayak fisherman. Just watch out when reeling one up as the gators here have figured out that's food on the end of your line.

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Launching Your Kayak in Lakes Regional Park

Lakes Regional Park Kayak Launch
Photo © by George E. Sayour

Launching your own canoe or kayak is extremely easy. There is actually a traditional sloped type boat launch in the park. Most paddlers, however, prefer to walk their kayaking gear down to the sandy and grassy shores and get in down there.

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More Paddling Around Fort Myers

There are plenty of options for paddling around Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. Here are some related articles that might be of interest to you on the topic.

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