Places in the Hood: The Caloosahatchee River

The Caloosahatchi River named for the native Calusa Indians.

Iona section of Fort Myers, Florida.    This canal goes out to the Caloosahatchee River, named for the historic native Calusa Indians.   Paul Goldfinger photo

Steamboat Anaho on the Caloosahatchie River 1908Internet photo

Steamboat Anaho on the Caloosahatchie River 1908
Internet photo

Did you ever look at the map to see what is around us in our southwest Fort Myers location?  You will see that there is a section to the west called Iona. It’s not clear if Tropicana is considered in that Iona section, but it is clear that we are not far from the Caloosahatchee River.  Most of you are familiar with the left turn onto John Morris Road which intersects Summerlin Rd and goes to the San Carlos Bay by Bunche Beach.

But if you instead turn right on John Morris, it will take you into the Iona area, by the Caloosahatchee River.   In that area are quite a few fancy homes with canal locations on the River.  Some of the roads around there  are Iona, Cook and Linton Roads.

The Caloosahatchee River goes west to east for 67 miles. It empties into the Gulf 10 miles south of Ft. Myers.  It forms a tidal estuary which drains from the Everglades.

The photograph above was taken there, looking out at the river towards Cape Coral.