, What Lives Beneath Our Waters

Snuggled on the shore of Collier Bay, paces from the Marco Bay and access to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the Boat House Marco sits ideally for spotting a variety of water friends from our docks.  Dolphins and Manatee often visit our waters.  

Our surrounding waterways including the bays and estuaries of the mangroves offer a host of wildlife for those seeking to get into a wildlife or fishing adventure.  With alligators, crocodiles, river otters, sharks, loggerhead turtles and herptiles (snakes!), there’s thrills around nearly every waterway corner. 

A great place to start planning is at the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  Mostly accessible only via boat, this family friendly, ADA compliant refuge can be accessed 24 hours a day on navigable waterways for self-guided tours.  

Another place ready for wild adventuring is the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center where you can participate in customized guided tours or self-guided tours.  Offering a full selection of activities and ways to explore nature. For those wanting to explore what’s in our waters on their own, there’s Paddlecraft Park ready for your canoe, kayak or paddleboard to carry you into McIlvane Bay, a shallow mangrove fringed bay that provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploring quiet backwaters in a relatively unexplored part of the Reserve.  For guided tours, your family or group will be thrilled to enjoy a variety of kayak tours led by the Rising Tide Explorers. 

For those interested in all that lives below and love to angle it in on a line from time to time - from sharks to fish - check out Jungle Jim’s Safari.  Offering specialized shark fishing charters, fly fishing, and backwater fishing charters around Marco Island.  

However suits you, from our docks or deep within the surrounding mangrove estuaries, there’s a diversely expansive amount of species swimming below our waters and waiting to be discovered by you - for Marco memories that will last a lifetime.  Be sure to check our offers for the best rates throughout the year.