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This 279-acre facility features 158-acres of freshwater quarry lake. The lake, with depths ranging from a few inches to 20 feet, boasts good fishing for bass, bream and other fresh and saltwater species.
The lake also supports an array of wildlife, including the American Alligator. The park contains approximately 2.5 miles of paved or natural paths for walking, jogging, biking, and most other non-motorized activities. There is a large playground area for children.
Lakes Park began as a man-made area where rock was quarried during the 1960’s. The water comes from groundwater influx, surface water run-off, and rainfall. It covers 158 acres of the 279-acre facility.
In 1991 the “Fragrance Garden” was introduced and has grown from a small area of fragrant herbs, flowers and plants to a botanical type status with a wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs and ground cover.
There is a Miniature Railroad open for business. This is a scale model railroad that offers a 15-minute ride through the northern areas of the park. The ride runs beside the lake, through a tunnel and past several displays, such as scale villages, towns, and natural areas. There are also surreys, bikes, kayaks, and paddle boats for rent.
In 2004 the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation a 501.C3 not for profit group was formed. This organization is organized by Lee County business leaders along with dedicated citizens who recognize Lakes Park as an extremely important green area in Lee County. This foundation is dedicated to helping restore Lakes Park to a native Florida wildlife environment through assisting Lee County Parks & Recreation with the implementation of its Master Plan.
Great photographic opportunities of wildlife and sunsets!
Lakes Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.
7330 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL