Visiting CREW? For directions and information about the CREW Trails, click here.
UPDATED AS OF 1/16/2018
PLEASE Note: Due to damage from Hurricane Irma, sections of the CREW Trails may be hazardous or impassible. South Florida Water Management District, the land owners and managers, are working to clear the trails within the CREW Project.
Bird Rookery Swamp trail remains closed at the end of the boardwalk. The South Florida Water Management District is working to repair the trail. Please do not attempt to climb the barrier at the end of the boardwalk and access the trail. Conditions are hazardous with washouts, deep water crossings and deep ruts. Contractors are working on the trail with heavy machinery and will not be able to see or hear hikers. Please read all signs provided by the SFWMD and follow their directions.
To read more about the closure at Bird Rookery Swamp, Click here
The CREW Land and Water Trust is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the water resources and natural communities in and around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW).
We carry out our mission statement by coordinating the land acquisition, land management, and public use of this 60,000-acre watershed in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, which owns and manages the land, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which monitors wildlife and hunting and provides law enforcement.
CREW is the largest intact watershed in Southwest Florida, straddling Lee and Collier Counties.
What does this unique watershed do for Southwest Florida?
- recharges the aquifer for our drinking water supply
- offers natural flood protection
- purifies water
- provides habitat for wildlife
- offers a beautiful space for public recreation
The CREW Trails are perfect places to visit year round. Each season brings dramatic changes to the plants and animals due to variations in water levels. Come see baby alligators and pine lilies blooming during the fall, hawks and flycatchers nesting in the spring, the graceful swallow-tailed kites in summer and the dramatic red maples in winter.
The CREW Land & Water Trust provides guided walks for the public, environmental education programs for all ages, special events for members, teacher workshops, presentations to community groups and more. We love to share the CREW story and help others understand the importance of protecting places like the CREW lands.
Take a look at this great Prezi about CREW created by FGCU students for a civic engagement project…