Bowditch Point Regional Park is a beautiful and serene 17-acre park that encompasses the entire northern tip of Estero Island. Named for Nathaniel Bowditch, an astronomer and navigator who was responsible for perfecting celestial navigation still utilized today, the park area provides a quiet respite for many residents and visitors.
Purchased by Lee County in 1987 to save it from development, the Park is actually a ‘dual use facility’ in which approximately 7 acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and the remaining 10 acres are designated as a restoration/preserve area.
Walking trails carry visitors through varied environments and offer an excellent opportunity for gopher tortoise and bird watching while enjoying panoramic views of Estero Bay. This is also one of the first beaches that Lee County Parks and Recreation made accessible for individuals with disabilities from the parking area to the Gulf of Mexico. There is also an accessible boat dock. The free docks feature 10 slips for boats up to 28-feet in length and a paddlecraft launch onto the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.
Bowditch Point Park is a designated Great Florida Birding Trail site. floridabirdingtrail.com. The park is also the site of an Osprey nest camera that can be seen at www.pinkshell.com/resort/osprey-cam. A community of gopher tortoises calls the park home and is a favorite of park visitors. Please watch them from a distance and do not feed them.
The park area also features tables and grills, available on a first come-first served basis, in a shaded tropical setting sure to please any picnicker. Restroom and changing facilities are available as well.
There is access to over 75 parking spaces within the park at $2 per hour. Maximum vehicle length 20 feet, no trailer or vehicle trailer parking is permitted. Bowditch Point Park is also accessible via the Beach Trolley.
Photos by Sarah List