Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Gate Closed but Walk thru available from Sunrise to Sunset
Sunrise to Sunset Every Day
If the gate is shut or locked during daylight hours, please park in the area to the right of the entrance road. Do not block the gate. Use the walk-through that is also to the right of the road. Some holidays the gate may be closed, but it is public land and is open to you 365 days a year, during daylight hours.
CHEC at Alligator Creek
The Alligator Creek Preserve was established in 1987. It is adjacent to the 30,000+acre Charlotte Harbor State Park Preserve. CHEC is located on property owned by the State of Florida and the Center’s portion is leased to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. for environmental, educational, and recreational activities. The Alligator Creek Preserve includes four (4) miles of nature trails. Year-round volunteers offer interpretive trail walks to the public free of charge.
Dog are allowed to hike with you but must be leashed at all times, on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. This is to protect both your pet and the wildlife, too. Please bring a plastic bag to pick up after your dog. (Scoop the Poop!).
While here you must comply with the State Park Rules which include No Alcohol or Camping, No bike riding or smoking on trails, and No Collection of any kind. Alligators are protected by State and Federal laws. Please do not approach or disturb alligators or any other wildlife.
The Rose Isaksen Gift Shop
This special gift shop,located in the Caniff Visitor's Center, is full of Unique Southwest Florida Gifts and Books!
Gift Shop hours are 9am-3pm Monday through Saturday from January through March. April through December the gift shop is open Monday through Friday 9am-3pm. Follow the boardwalk from the parking lot up to the Charles E. Caniff Visitor's Center building. Some of the special items for sale include:
A variety of eco-identification, informational books on south Florida wildlife, along with story books for children, fishing guides, and historical and/or cultural books;
Local popular Orange Blossom honey;.
Special children’s gifts including stuffed animals, puzzles, shark’s teeth, books, t-shirts and other toys;
Hand carved walking sticks beautifully crafted, and sturdy are an ideal gift for avid hikers! The wood is from Birch, Pine, Ash, Cherry, Beech, Mangrove, Carrot, and Melaleuca trees from both Florida and New Hampshire. Each walking stick is zip code inscribed with the origin of the tree wood, along with the wood type and Charlotte Harbor name;
Handmade bird houses, butterfly houses and bat houses of recycled wood are made with love by volunteers;
Hand-made decorative ceramics and small wallets;
Florida themed T-shirts of ALL sizes…youth to adult, along with adult caps and visors;
And Shark's teeth and other Florida themed jewelry;
Stop by the Rose Isaksen Gift Shop and see all the wonderful things inside, for yourself, or for the perfect gift! Friends of CHEC members receive a discount in this store!!!
Punta Gorda Canal and Lake Monitoring Program
Punta Gorda Canal Program volunteers monitor 6 canal locations within Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles; testing pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and more. Attached are the most recent analysis results.