Paddlecraft Park

Kayaking at Rookery Bay

The Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park is the only public access facility in Collier County designed exclusively for launching paddle crafts, which are non-motorized vessels such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. The facility features a ramp, picnic pavilions, and restrooms which will also be accessible to pedestrians from the nearby Collier Boulevard boat ramp. The Park provides public access to McIlvane Bay, a shallow mangrove fringed bay that provides outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploring quiet backwaters in a relatively unexplored part of the Reserve.

Collier County Parks & Recreation has entered into an agreement with the Reserve to manage the park for sustainable use. Launch fees are $4.

Click here to view Paddlecraft Park Layout.

Click here to view the Paddle Map with rough paddle trail.


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Safety First

We strongly encourage all kayakers to file a float plan with a friend or family member who will be responsible for notifying the coast guard in the event the boater does not return as scheduled.

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Wilderness Hygiene

  • Urinate below the high tide line and away from other people.
  • Dig a cat hole above the high tide line and at least eight inches deep for any fecal waste. Carry out waste paper in a ziplock baggie for proper disposal.

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No overnight parking at Collier County boat ramps, except for at Port of the Islands Marina and the Goodland Boat Park (fee is $10 per vehicle per night).

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Restricted Access: April - August

Due to nesting shore birds during this time frame there is restricted access at Keewaydin Island, Morgan Beach, NEW BEACH, and Second Chance Shoal.

Explore with Us!

Guided Kayak Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.