Mound Key Archeological State Park, Estero

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Mound Key Archaeological State Park is a Florida State Park, located in Estero Bay, near the mouth of the Estero River. One hundred and thirteen of the island's one hundred and twenty-five acres are managed by the park system. It is a complex of mounds and accumulated shell, fish bone, and pottery middens that rises more than 30 feet above the waters of the bay.

Mound Key was an important site of the Calusa tribe, and most experts believe it to be the site of their capital, Calos. The Mound Key Site on the island was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1970. The island is only accessible by boat from the Koreshan State Historic Site or Lovers Key State Park.

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  • My spouse and I kayaked to Mound Key today (6/22/2021). We were looking forward to hiking the trail and reading the interpretive kiosks. Unfortunately we very disappointed as the northwest and... 
    My spouse and I kayaked to Mound Key today (6/22/2021). We were looking forward to hiking the trail and reading the interpretive kiosks. Unfortunately we very disappointed as the northwest and...  more »
  • Kayaked over from Lover’s Key. Very peaceful time. Loved walking around the area. Bring your own refreshments and sunscreen. Lots of seabirds and evidence of turtles. Greeted by a pod of dolphins... 
    Kayaked over from Lover’s Key. Very peaceful time. Loved walking around the area. Bring your own refreshments and sunscreen. Lots of seabirds and evidence of turtles. Greeted by a pod of dolphins...  more »
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  • Always a fun spot to visit. Do NOT go barefoot. You have to trek through some murky water
  • Very cool. Few clues lead you to figure out the entrance and find the trail. Awesome day.

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