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Description - The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Gulf coast area consisting of several mangrove islands and upland habitats encompassing approximately 40 acres of land and water. The area is well known for being a major wintering area for the endangered West Indian Manatee. Limited recreation is permitted.

Attractions - The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a small tract of federal land within the City of Ft. Myers. Management responsibilities are administered at the nearby recreation-rich J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Originally, Caloosahatchee consisted of several mangrove islands. However, shoreline development, dredging of the river, and construction of the Interstate 75 Bridge changed the physical arrangement and appearance of these islands. Today, the refuge still remains approximately 40 acres of mangrove shorelines and upland habitats. The refuge is located adjacent to the Florida Power and Light Company's Orange River Power Plant and the Orange River's outflow. The warm water outflow from the power plant is a major wintering area for the endangered West Indian Manatee.

Recreation - Limited recreational opportunities are offered at Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Permitted is boating, fishing and wildlife viewing. Visitors to this refuge may enjoy visiting the nearby J.N. "Ding" Darling Refuge as well. It boasts extensive lists of both wildlife and birdlife including over 300 species of birds, 50 types of reptiles and amphibians and over 30 species of mammals. Canoe and foot trails offer backcountry exploration.

Climate - The climate in southern Florida is subtropical, with mild winters and hot, wet summers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). Yearly precipitation for the southwest area is more than 56 inches. Lightweight clothing for hot temperatures is suggested. Long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes and bug repellent are recommended if hiking.

Location - The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Lee County on the Caloosahatchee River within the City of Ft. Myers.

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Filed By: Sandy Harris (Fort Lauderdale , FL)
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Report: today two friends and I spent time at Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel. We notice the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on the map and tried to find it with no luck. None on the online sites give specific directions to the Refuge. I note that it is part of Ding Darling but on the map we had it seemd to be 20 miles or more to the east. It would better serve the area if more specific directions were on the net.

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Contact Information:
Caloosahatchee NWR, 1 Wildlife Drive , Sanibel, FL, 33957, Phone: 941-472-1100
, r4rw_fl.jnd@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Florida National Wildlife Refuges - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage 21 wildlife refuges in Florida that reach nearly all corners of the state. The refuges protect and manage biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.
Southwest Florida - Southwest Florida is called the "Wonderland for Wildlife." The region houses a number of endangered and protected animal and plant species.


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