Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Fort Myers 7751 Penzance Blvd , Fort Myers, FL 33966

Contact:
(239) 533-7556

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Journey into a 3,400-acre wetland ecosystem on a mile-long boardwalk trail. Enjoy overlooks, plants and wildlife and free guided walks year-round. Group programs/tours by reservation only. Visit the Center for hands-on displays and more!

Boardwalk Hours: Dawn to Dusk, every day

Interpretive Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Closed: Mondays)

The Interpretive Center will be CLOSED for the following holidays: Memorial Day (5/29), Independence Day (7/4), Labor Day (9/4), Veterans Day (11/10), Thanksgiving (11/23 & 11/24), Christmas 12/22, 12/25), and New Year's (12/29, 1/1) 

Information 

What is a Slough? (pronounced "slew")

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of intermingled wetland and upland ecosystems. The appearance of the Slough changes with the seasons from dry (October-May) to wet (June-September). During the rainy time of year, the cypress slough catches and slowly filters rainwater on its way towards Estero Bay. Animals adapted to life in wetlands, like alligators, turtles, otters, and wading birds, live at the Slough year-round. Additionally, many types of migratory birds use the Slough as a rest stop and feeding area.

 Things to Do

  • Explore the boardwalk and quietly observe wildlife
  • Visit the Interpretive Center and Rock & Stroll Garden
  • Take a guided walk with a Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist
  • Attend a nature program
  • Picnic (in designated areas only)

Know Before You Go:

Parking

Parking fee: $1 per hour per vehicle, maximum $5 for the day.

  • Please bring exact change.
  • Parking machine accepts cash or credit cards (Visa or MasterCard only).
  • Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this location.
  • Admittance to Boardwalk trail and Interpretive Center is included in the parking fee.
  • Please park in designated spaces only.

*Riding your bike to the Preserve does not require a parking fee. Two bike racks are available to lock up your bike once you arrive. Riding or walking bikes along the boardwalk is not allowed. A bike path is located along Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

Facilities

  • Elevated, fully accessible boardwalk (1.2 miles long) with restrooms near entrance, Amphitheater, and 5 observation decks
  • Picnic Areas (first come, first served)
  • Rock and Stroll Garden, a native butterfly garden in the center of the parking lot
  • Interpretive Center
  • Facility Map

Park Rules

The following are not allowed in the Preserve:

  • Pets
  • Fishing
  • Feeding or releasing wildlife
  • Collection of natural or cultural resources, including but not limited to any plants, animals, shells or artifacts.
  • Alcohol

The following are not allowed on the boardwalk:

  • Food or drink (other than water)
  • Smoking
  • Jogging or powerwalking
  • Biking, roller skating, or skateboarding
  • Radios or other loud noise
  • Items prohibited in entire Preserve as stated above

*Please respect the space and quiet observation needs of individual visitors by limiting cell phone use on the boardwalk to EMERGENCIES ONLY.

*Double-wide strollers are not recommended for use on the boardwalk.

 

Public Guided Walks

No Guided Walk on Christmas Day

Registration: Opens 30 minutes prior to the guided walk at the boardwalk entrance. Registration is NOT taken by phone or in the Interpretive Center.

Limit: First 20 people who arrive, with a maximum of 10 people per guide.

Distance: 3/4 of  a mile

Duration: 90 minutes

Payment: Guided walks are FREE with your paid parking of $1/hour/vehicle. Allow at least 2 hours.

Schedule

May-October: Every Wednesday and 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Arrival 15 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.

April, November and December: Daily at 9:30 a.m. Arrival 30 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.

January-March: Daily at 9:30 a.m. AND 1:30 p.m. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Arrival 30 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.

Public Programs

  • The Slough offers a variety of nature-based programs for all ages. If you have questions about Slough programs, call Andee Naccarato (Sr. Program Specialist) at 239-533-7555.
  • Summer camp registration is OPEN! Learn more about Wilderness Explorers CampSlough Secrets Camp, and Summer Naturalists Camp by clicking each link.
  • View our current schedule and register for programs on WebTrac. Click on "Browse Activities," then choose "Six Mile Slough" in the Location box.

For Registration Assistance:

         On weekdays - 239-533-7275

         On weekends, call any of the main Recreation Centers:

        Estero Community Park Recreation Center (239-498-0415)
        North Fort Myers Recreation Center (239-533-7200)
        Veterans Park Recreation Center (239-369-1521)
        Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center (239-432-2154)

Field Trips & Group Tours

  • Group tours and other programs are available by reservation only. Contact Andee Naccarato (Sr. Program Specialist) at 239-533-7555 at least two weeks in advance to check availability. These programs are unavailable during peak season (February-March) due to limited parking.
  • Groups arriving by tour bus require $5 daily parking fee and must arrange with the Sr. Program Specialist to reserve parking. Bus parking is unavailable during peak season (February-March).
  • View group tour and private program information in our Educational Programs Brochure. Most of these programs are intended for school classes or family groups.
  • Adults interested in group tours should refer to the Guided Nature Walks program in the above brochure.
  • See our Teacher's Packet for group-use information, chaperone guides, activities, sunshine state standards and educational references

Volunteer Program

  • Over 100 volunteers dedicate their passions to the Slough!
  • Interested in volunteering? Contact Andee Naccarato (Sr. Program Specialist) at 239-533-7555 to receive an initial questionnaire.

Learn More

Overview

General Information: Open Year-Round

Suitable for Ages: All Ages

Time To Experience Activity: 1 - 2 Hours

Hours: Boardwalk Hours: Dawn - Dusk 7 days a week. Interpretive Center Hours: Tues - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dates Closed: open all year

Designations: South Florida Birding Trail

Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant, Handicapped Parking, Wheelchair-Friendly

Guest Information: Family Friendly

Activities: Birding, Children's Programs, Natural Wildlife Viewing

Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop, Indoor Activity, Parking, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Restrooms

Information/Services: Brochures

Category: City/County Park, Hiking/Nature Trails, Nature Interpretive Center, Nature Preserve, Protected Species Habitat

Tour Information: Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours

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