Friends of Lovers Key State Park

Together, we protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park

We raise money to help the park obtain much needed equipment, and volunteer our time and skills to help with repairs, remove invasive non-native plants, drive the tram, lead interpretive nature tours, and work the ranger station.

We encourage you to join us in supporting our favorite state park. Get involved by becoming a member, volunteer or donor and bring your friends and family to our special events. Together, we can preserve our Florida coastal legacy and ensure that it is available for future generations.

In the News

Celebrating Spring at Lovers Key

Over 100 guests enjoyed a lovely evening socializing at Reggae and Ribs on Friday, March 24. The Dock Boys provided entertainment, and delicious BBQ was served by Texas Tony's. Photo by Shelley-Sue Williams.

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2017 Valentines Day Vow Renewal a Lovely Success

85 couples renewed their vows.

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The ocean and gulls provided background music for the occasion, and Love was in the air on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Couples were young and old, from newly married to past their golden anniversary. This hallmark FOLKS event is so popular that two must be scheduled to meet demand – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Read more and view a slideshow on the Valentines Day Vow page.

FOLKS Give Energy to Lovers Key

Your donations and dues help FOLKS to help the park

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FOLKS recently donated funds to Lovers Key State Park to purchase 14 deep cell golf cart batteries and a riding mower clutch. These much needed items were requested by Matt Kruse, Assistant Park Manager, at our recent FOLKS Board Meeting and unanimously approved. This is one example of how your donations and membership dues can help FOLKS to help the park. Thank you for helping us to help the park!

Lovers Key State Park Manager, Robert Steiger

Bob brings a wealth of experience to our park

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Robert Steiger is no stranger to Lovers Key State Park. Before his homecoming in 2016, Bob served as Park Manager for both Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Lovers Key from 1994 - 1996; the parks were jointly administered at that time. Bob continued on at Delnor-Wiggins after Lovers Key’s 1996 merger with Carl Johnson County Park, at which point it gained operational independence and its own Manager.

Read more about Bob >>

Songwriters at Sunset Concert Series final show of the season

Join us for the final show on April 6 at 5:30 pm.

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The second season of these popular monthly acoustic concerts will soon end, so don't miss the last show.  Local artists perform their original music at the Gazebo on the beach. The April show will start at 5:30 pm and end with a fabulous Lovers Key sunset.

Read more on our Events page >>

2 popular FOLKS events on the horizon!

Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show and 12th Turtle Trot

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These 2 great events are upon us!
Second Annual Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show is no April fool!
FOLKS 12th Annual Turtle Trot 5K runs (or walks or rides) again!

Read about each event on our Events page >>

 

 

Lovers Key State Park Interpretative Programs


Estuary Wading Trip
Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Trip is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida.

Sensational Sharks!
Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Join a Park naturalist for an interesting and fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Birding
Explore the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a park naturalist. Learn how to identify the birds you see and where to go in the park for great birding. A limited number of binoculars will be provided. Call 239-463-4588.

Florida Manatee Talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Florida Manatee. Learn about Florida’s gentle giants and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Sea Turtle Talk
Join a park ranger to learn about the fascinating life of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Walk on the Wild Side
Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a park ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock.

Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.

"This is the place to go for a 'Truly Great Experience.' If you get a chance to visit, you will not have regrets…Kayaking, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, etc."

Kenneth Petrie

Mark your calendar for upcoming events!

Please visit our Events page for complete information and our event calendar.

April 6, 2017

Songwriters at Sunset Concert final show of the season

An intimate experience with local ACMA artists sharing their original Americana/Acoustic songs and background stories. The concerts at the Gazebo are free with paid admission to the park. The final show on April 6 will feature Bob Williams, Dan Philgreen, and Keith Parker from 5:30pm to sunset.

Please allow time to reach the beach. Seating is available in the shaded gazebo for the first 80 people. Additional seating is available on the sand, so bring a beach chair and a few friends.

Park entry fees are $8.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people, $4.00 for single person in vehicle. There is no extra charge for the concerts. More Information >

March 31 – April 2, 2017

Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key are working to bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show.

Visit the boat show website»

May 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

12th Annual Turtle Trot

This unique 5k trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem, and ends at the pavilion over looking the beach where refreshments are served and awards are presented.
Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities will soon available. Check back as the date draws closer.

See who won last year, and meet our sponsors >

Lovers Key State Park is a focal point for the Community. The park provides not only natural beauty, Florida's trademark seashells, and a home for wildlife, but the best in outdoor recreation for visitors and residents.

Visitor Center

FOLKS has made its primary focus the development and eventual construction of a Visitor Center for the park. The purpose of the center will be to help visitors to the park learn about and appreciate the marvelous gem we have here at Lovers Key State Park.

See how you can help

The Friends of Lovers Key help create opportunities to learn, have fun, and give back to the Park. Whether your gift is financial, time or talent, the FOLKs want you as a member.

Volunteer

You too can be a volunteer! Many members of the Friends of Lovers Key State Park are also official State Park Volunteers, which give them a perfect excuse to spend more time at the park they love.

Find Out More

Take the Volunteer Interest Survey!