Bowditch Point is the northern most point of Estero Island. It is a 17 acre piece of land owned and managed by Lee County and has 7 acres of recreational use and the other 10 acres are used as a preserve and restoration area. You can walk around the tip of Estero Island at this park and see the Gulf of Mexico, Matanzas Pass and the entrance of Estero Bay all within a few minutes. The upper part of the park has concession areas, picnic areas, bathrooms, etc and some nice paths leading down to the beach. The park is designated as a Florida Birding Trail Site www.floridabirdingtrail.com and is a great place to take pictures of the flora, birds and beaches. The park was named after Nathaniel Hawthorne who was responsible for the perfection of Celestial Navigation that is still used today. It’s a great place to see sunsets as well as views of Sanibel Island, Bunch Beach, Punta Rassa, Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay. There are 75 parking spots, ($2 per hour) at the park. This park is one of the first that Lee County made available for people with disabilities from parking area to the beach. For more information go to www.leeparks.org , click on facilities, beaches and Bowditch Park.
click in images for larger pictures photos by Dave Zuhusky