Hurricane Irma Warning
Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 hurricane that hit Cape Romano on Sept. 10, has left our coastline in disarray. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION if you intend on boating in the Ten Thousand Islands area over the next few months. Most channel markers are leaning or lost. Trees and other debris are submerged and the waters are turbid (not clear). Sand has moved around and formerly accessible locations may no longer be accessible.
Rookery Bay Reserve is yours to explore, enjoy, and help protect. See below for details on primitive camping, fishing, nature trails, geocaching, and other compatible activities that are encouraged. A marked paddling trail exists at the mouth of Henderson Creek. A primitive ramp at the end of Shell Island Road allows for small vessel access into the Reserve (use at your own risk). See printable map in sidebar.
Driving Directions to Shell Island Road Boat Launch
From the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, continue 2 miles south on Collier Blvd. Turn right on Shell Island Road (look for binocular and canoe sign). Drive down Shell Island Road 2.5 miles to the very end of the road.