The Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (FCHAP) is a Citizen Support Organization for the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves and the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Established in 1995, the Friends provide funding, material, and volunteer support for staff to facilitate management of the Preserves and Park. Learn more about FCHAP and the projects it has supported.
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Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves
The Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves consist of about 180,000 acres of submerged lands in five contiguous aquatic preserves designated by Legislature for inclusion under the Florida Aquatic Preserve Act of 1975. Learn more.
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
More than 100 miles of shoreline in Charlotte and Lee counties is undeveloped, protecting natural communities on land and in the water while providing recreational opportunities. Acquisition of these lands began in 1977. Learn more.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Aquatic Preserves and Preserve State Parks are
programs of the FDEP, the stateʼs lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land. Learn more.