Boating and Marine Resources

Southwest Florida is a true nautical paradise for boaters of all kinds. With its stunning coastline, abundant wildlife, and countless waterways, Southwest Florida offers an unparalleled boating experience that captivates the hearts of both seasoned sailors and enthusiastic beginners.

One of the primary attractions of boating in Southwest Florida is the vast network of waterways that crisscross the region. From the serene and meandering rivers to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, boaters are spoiled for choice when it comes to destinations. Navigating these waterways, you'll encounter breathtaking mangrove forests, picturesque barrier islands, and diverse marine life that thrives in these ecologically rich habitats. Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely cruise or an exhilarating fishing expedition, Southwest Florida has it all.

One of the significant advantages of boating in this part of Florida is the year-round boating season. Thanks to the region's mild climate, boaters can indulge in their favorite pastime throughout the year. The winters are pleasantly warm, making it an ideal escape for those seeking refuge from colder climates. During the summer, cooling off with a refreshing boat ride is an enticing prospect. However, boaters should remain vigilant of the occasional thunderstorms that are characteristic of Florida summers.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience, it's essential for boaters to familiarize themselves with reliable resources and information. Here are some valuable resources that every boater should consider:

Collier County Bridge Clearance Height Guide - This website includes the clearance of bridges in Collier County as well as other boating information.

Marco Island Bridge Clearance - Provides bridge clearance for Marco Island waterways

Boating and Angling Guide to Collier County - Provides maps, links and phone numbers to the US Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Weather and more.

Navigation Chart - Interactive map of depths throughout Southwest Florida

Tide Chart - US Tide Charts for Naples and the surrounding area

Tide Predictions - A service of NOAA, adjust for your exact location.

SW Florida Waterways of Lee County - Boating resource for Lee County

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation - State rules and regulations

To see current listings of wet and dry boat slips in Naples and Southwest Florida, visit the listings page.

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