Pine Island Sound Watershed

The Pine Island Sound Watershed is located within CHNEP and spans 799.8 square miles. The watershed contains 109 named lakes/ponds, 105 named rivers/streams/canals and 7 named bays/bayous, including Matlacha Pass and San Carlos Bay. The Pine Island Sound Watershed encompasses 2 major drainage basins, including the Caloosahatchee River Basin and the Pine Island Sound Basin. Pine Island Sound receives tidal flushing from nearby Boca Grande, Captiva, and Redfish Pass, and contains the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve. Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve (divided from Pine Island Sound by Pine Island itself) and San Carlos Bay are influenced by inputs from the Caloosahatchee River and Punta Rasa Pass to the south.

Pine Island Sound Watershed contains these basins:

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CHNEP's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) identified four action plans: water quality improvement; hydrological restoration; fish, wildlife, and habitat improvement; and public engagement. Click on the interactive maps below to view data associated with these goals and actions.

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Photos

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Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River
Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River
Aerial View of Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial view of Caloosahatchee River oxbows Aerial view of Caloosahatchee River oxbows
Aerial view of Caloosahatchee River oxbows

Credit: Jason

Aerial view of Cape Coral Aerial view of Cape Coral
Aerial view of Cape Coral

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial view of Ft. Myers, Caloosahatchee River Aerial view of Ft. Myers, Caloosahatchee River
Aerial view of Ft. Myers, Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Vito Palmisano

Aerial view of Moore Haven Locks, Lake Okeechobee Aerial view of Moore Haven Locks, Lake Okeechobee
Aerial view of Moore Haven Locks, Lake Okeechobee

Credit: Mark Bias

Aerial view of Pine Island Sound at Sunset Aerial view of Pine Island Sound at Sunset
Aerial view of Pine Island Sound at Sunset

Credit: Steve Russell

Aerial view of Prairie Canal - SGGE. CERP Phase I, looking north. Aerial view of Prairie Canal - SGGE. CERP Phase I, looking north.
Aerial view of Prairie Canal - SGGE. CERP Phase I, looking north.

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial view of Sundial Resort on Sanibel Aerial view of Sundial Resort on Sanibel
Aerial view of Sundial Resort on Sanibel

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial view of the Franklin Lock Aerial view of the Franklin Lock
Aerial view of the Franklin Lock

Credit: Calusa Waterkeeper

Algae at lock Algae at lock
Algae at lock

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Aerial view of upper Caloosahatchee Aerial view of upper Caloosahatchee
Aerial view of upper Caloosahatchee

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Alligator on the Caloosahatchee Alligator on the Caloosahatchee
Alligator on the Caloosahatchee

Credit: Steve Sentes

Beach at Cayo Costa Beach at Cayo Costa
Beach at Cayo Costa

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Beach at Cayo Costa Beach at Cayo Costa
Beach at Cayo Costa

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Box Turtle Box Turtle
Box Turtle

Credit: Jeffrey Martin

Bunche Beach Mangroves Bunche Beach Mangroves
Bunche Beach Mangroves

Credit: Elaine Weissborn

Burrowing Owl Chicks Burrowing Owl Chicks
Burrowing Owl Chicks

Credit: Nicole Cicchino

Burrowing Owl Family Burrowing Owl Family
Burrowing Owl Family

Credit: Elaine Weissborn

Burrowing Owl Pair Burrowing Owl Pair
Burrowing Owl Pair

Credit: Norris Carroll

Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral
Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral

Credit: Melissa Herrick

C043 Canal in Hendry County C043 Canal in Hendry County
C043 Canal in Hendry County

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Caloosahatchee River Caloosahatchee River
Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Captiva Pass aerial view Captiva Pass aerial view
Captiva Pass aerial view

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Captiva Pass, looking toward Cayo Costa Captiva Pass, looking toward Cayo Costa
Captiva Pass, looking toward Cayo Costa

Credit: Michelle Kloese

Cayo Costa State Park Cayo Costa State Park
Cayo Costa State Park

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Cayo Costa Visitors Cayo Costa Visitors
Cayo Costa Visitors

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Dear near Telegraph Creek Dear near Telegraph Creek
Dear near Telegraph Creek

Credit: Mario Maturo

Deer in velvet at Babcock Ranch Deer in velvet at Babcock Ranch
Deer in velvet at Babcock Ranch

Credit: Marc Pletcher

Diagram of the Caloosahatchee River Basin Diagram of the Caloosahatchee River Basin
Diagram of the Caloosahatchee River Basin

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Dolphin seen from Cayo Costa State Park Dolphin seen from Cayo Costa State Park
Dolphin seen from Cayo Costa State Park

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Dolphins at Cabbage Key Dolphins at Cabbage Key
Dolphins at Cabbage Key

Credit: Debi Scholtes

Driftwood on the beach at Cayo Costa Driftwood on the beach at Cayo Costa
Driftwood on the beach at Cayo Costa

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Early Pine Island Sound diagram Early Pine Island Sound diagram
Early Pine Island Sound diagram

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Fawn Fawn
Fawn

Credit: Steve Sentes

Fisheating Creek Fisheating Creek
Fisheating Creek

Credit: Mario Maturo

Fly Fisherman at Cayo Costa Fly Fisherman at Cayo Costa
Fly Fisherman at Cayo Costa

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Fort Myers Marsh Fort Myers Marsh
Fort Myers Marsh

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Great Egret Great Egret
Great Egret

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Great Egret in the swamp Great Egret in the swamp
Great Egret in the swamp

Credit: Linda Wroble

Great Egret with snake Great Egret with snake
Great Egret with snake

Credit: Nicole Cicchino

Great Horned Owl Chicks Great Horned Owl Chicks
Great Horned Owl Chicks

Credit: Doreen Steinhauser

Hermit Crab at Bunche Beach Hermit Crab at Bunche Beach
Hermit Crab at Bunche Beach

Credit: Elaine Weissborn

Historic aerial photo of Fort Myers waterfront Historic aerial photo of Fort Myers waterfront
Historic aerial photo of Fort Myers waterfront

Credit: FloridaMemory.com

Historic and Present Day Caloosahatchee Historic and Present Day Caloosahatchee
Historic and Present Day Caloosahatchee

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Historic photo of bridge at Belle Historic photo of bridge at Belle
Historic photo of bridge at Belle

Credit: FloridaMemory.com

Historic photo of houseboat on the Caloosahatchee River Historic photo of houseboat on the Caloosahatchee River
Historic photo of houseboat on the Caloosahatchee River

Credit: FloridaMemory.com

Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River
Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River

Credit: FloridaMemory.com

Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River
Historic photograph of Caloosahatchee River

Credit: FloridaMemory.com

Illustration of a Calusa removing fish from a weir Illustration of a Calusa removing fish from a weir
Illustration of a Calusa removing fish from a weir

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Limpkin babies Limpkin babies
Limpkin babies

Credit: Priscilla McDaniel

Lock at Caloosahatchee River Lock at Caloosahatchee River
Lock at Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Lock at Caloosahatchee River Lock at Caloosahatchee River
Lock at Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Lovers Key State Park Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park

Credit: Llilys Benavides

Mama deer Mama deer
Mama deer

Credit: Steve Sentes

Manatee Manatee
Manatee

Credit: Mary Presnail

Matlacha Matlacha
Matlacha

Credit: Renee Kwiat

Matlacha Pass Sunset Matlacha Pass Sunset
Matlacha Pass Sunset

Credit: Llilys Benavides

Milky Way over Cayo Costa Pond Milky Way over Cayo Costa Pond
Milky Way over Cayo Costa Pond

Credit: Mary Lundeberg

Old map snippet showing Caloosahatchee River Old map snippet showing Caloosahatchee River
Old map snippet showing Caloosahatchee River

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Pair of Sandhill Cranes Pair of Sandhill Cranes
Pair of Sandhill Cranes

Credit: Steve Sentes

Panther near Babcock Ranch Panther near Babcock Ranch
Panther near Babcock Ranch

Credit: Sue Christensen

Ragged Seahare Ragged Seahare
Ragged Seahare

Credit: Pat Green

Reddish Egret at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Reddish Egret at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Reddish Egret at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Credit: Christopher Gutierrez

Roseate Spoonbill and Mottled Ducks Roseate Spoonbill and Mottled Ducks
Roseate Spoonbill and Mottled Ducks

Credit: Lynette Spence

Sanibel Pier at Sunrise Sanibel Pier at Sunrise
Sanibel Pier at Sunrise

Credit: Liz Noffsinger

Sea Oats Sea Oats
Sea Oats

Credit: Edward J. Pelegrino

Sea Oxeye along the shore Sea Oxeye along the shore
Sea Oxeye along the shore

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Seashells on the beach Seashells on the beach
Seashells on the beach

Credit: Louise Kowitch

Splashdown of a great egret Splashdown of a great egret
Splashdown of a great egret

Credit: David Garrison

Study area of the Caloosahatchee River Management Plan Study area of the Caloosahatchee River Management Plan
Study area of the Caloosahatchee River Management Plan

Credit: Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Sunset at Pine Island Sound Sunset at Pine Island Sound
Sunset at Pine Island Sound

Credit: Sherri Talley

Surf at Cayo Costa Surf at Cayo Costa
Surf at Cayo Costa

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

The beach at Cayo Costa The beach at Cayo Costa
The beach at Cayo Costa

Credit: Peg / Rex Lavoie

Thunderstorm over Pine Island Sound Thunderstorm over Pine Island Sound
Thunderstorm over Pine Island Sound

Credit: Steve Russell

Wild Turkeys Wild Turkeys
Wild Turkeys

Credit: Steve Sentes