Caloosahatchee River is in Glades, County, WNW of Clewiston approximately 75 mi (121 km) long & size of basin 1,408 miles. It drains rural areas on the northern edge of the Everglades northwest of Miami. It flows WSW past La Belle, and becomes tidal; forming an estuary along its lower, then broadens near the gulf passing Fort Myers & Cape Coral. It enters the Gulf of Mexico, southwest of Fort Myers in San Carlos Bay. The river is an important link in the inland waterway system of southern Florida.
The best freshwater fishing around the two locks, the Lake Hicpochee area can be really good depending on the water levels and has produced many tournament-winning bags. The river has had urban development which has added several canal systems; these are great locations for resident fish as well as great places for the big river bass to spawn. Call Naples Bass Fishing Guide Service for your Caloosahatchee River fishing adventure.
The 5 mi (8 km) Caloosahatchee Canal connecting Lake Hicpochee to Lake Okeechobee allows continuous navigation from the Caloosahatchee to the Okeechobee Waterway system. Since the late 19th century, dredging and channelization of the river, as well as the artificial connection to Lake Okeechobee and its use as a water supply for urban and agricultural uses, have substantially altered the hydrology of the river.
The lower Caloosahatchee River was purchased by the State of Florida in the 1960s, Lee County entered into a lease on the site in 1989, with a management agreement to provide public recreational opportunities.
Located along the Caloosahatchee River, it is an area rich in natural history. Calusa Indians are believed to be the first settlers here. Followed by Seminole and early settlers of what is now known as Alva.