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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

7751 Penzance Crossing, Fort Myers, FL , 33912 (1.5 miles north of Daniels Parkway, Exit #131 off I-75)
239-432-2004 | Fax: 239-432-2032
http://www.leeparks.org/sixmile/

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About Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a 2,200-acre wetland ecosystem in Fort Myers, provides habitat for many rare and endangered plants, birds and animals. The boardwalk is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Free admission; parking is 75 cents per hour with a $3 daily maximum. Location: On Ben C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway, just north of Daniels Road. Group tours are available. 432-2004 or www.leeparks.org/fos.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough ( pronounced “slew” ) preserve occupies over 2,500 acres of preserved land in Lee County. It’s a crowded ecosystem where every available niche is filled by a diverse array of plants and animals....some of which are endangered.....that have adapted to life in a wetland. Included in that group are otters, alligators, herons, butterflies and more live and thrive in the preserve. Migrating birds utilize the preserve as a stop over for feeding and resting during their seasonal journeys. Addition- ally, it serves as a corridor for wildlife by providing a safe route of travel.

The Slough is a natural drainage way collecting runoff water from a 33 square mile watershed area dur- ing periods of heavy or prolonged rainfall. During the wet season ( June through October, ) a depth of 2 to 3 feet of water makes the Slough comparable to a wide and shallow freshwater stream. The preserve also greatly limits local flooding by retaining storm water that will eventually filter into the ground to replenish ground water and recharge shallow wells. A comfortable 1.2 mile long boardwalk provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique beauty of Southwest Florida throughout the year.

Location

Day Business Hours
Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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