Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

This 2,200-acre site acts a natural corridor for wildlife by connecting northern Lee County to Estero Bay. There is a 1.2-mile boardwalk trail, a photo blind, two observation platforms, and an informative pamphlet. Five distinct plant communities, including cypress swamp, are present on this site.

Watchable wildlife:
Look for little blue herons, anhingas, American alligators, raccoons, and red-shouldered hawks throughout the year. River otters, bobcats, and white-tailed deer are sometimes seen. During the dry season (October-May), water pools in depressions in the slough, concentrating fish and wading birds feeding on them, including wood storks, white ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets, and tricolored-colored herons. October and April are good times to visit the preserve to search for migrating warblers.

Lee County
South Florida Water Management District
Audubon of Florida

(239) 432-2004

From I-75 take exit #136 (Colonial Boulevard) to Penzance Road.

Related Sites:
Lee County Parks and Recreation
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Within 24 hours of hatching, young whooping cranes can follow their parents away from the nest. Together, they forage for plants, insects, snakes, frogs and small animals.

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