Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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.
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 education and recreation. The Alligator Creek Preserve includes four (4) miles of nature trails. Year-round volunteers offer interpretive trail walks to the public free of charge.
Pet guidelines at the Alligator Creek Preserve: Dogs are allowed to hike with you. You must keep your dog leashed at all times. The leash must be no longer than 6ft in length. We understand that some dogs are very well behaved and will not chase animals; however, this is for your dog’s safety. You may have a well-trained dog; but we have untrained, unleashed wild animals. Also, please bring a plastic bag and pick up after your dog. (Scoop the Poop!) Thanks
You must comply with the State Park Rules:
Unique Southwest Florida Gifts and Books located inside the Caniff Visitor Center Gift Shop hours: 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday, follow the boardwalk from the parking lot up to the Charles E. Caniff Visitors Building.
Eco-books- most of which pertain to wildlife you will find right here in Southwest Florida. There are books of identification, books for children, guides to fishing and other animals, and historical and/or cultural books.
There is also a wealth of free literature available. If you know someone who wants to learn about this area of Florida, or just loves to learn about nature, you should definitely check out our book supply!
Friends of CHEC receive a discount in this store!!!
Hand-carved walking sticks - beautifully crafted and sturdy, an ideal gift for avid hikers. Hand-made bird houses, butterfly houses& bat houses-made with love by volunteers out of recycled wood T-shirts and sweatshirts of ALL sizes...youth to adult. Stone Coasters, Perfect for sprucing up your table, while keeping it safe! Decorative Flags & Poles are nice accents to boats, the back lanai, and the front porch. We also feature works from several local artists, including... Judy Schnabel displays several lovely pieces of her glass work for sale inside the shop. Her work depicts the local area scenery and wildlife, hand-crafted out of recycled glass.
Michael Wilhelm and Clyde Butcher are two well known nature photographers who specialize in expressing the native beauty of south Florida. We have a selection of prints available from each of these artists.
Stop by the Shop to see all the wonderful things inside... for yourself or for the perfect gift!
Please take only Pictures and Leave only Footprints.... Thank you!
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.
Birds listed were seen and heard by Malcolm Simons, master birder, over many years as a CHEC volunteer.
A few of the many plants that have been observed growing in the park.
Some of the animals that have been observed active within the park.