The pier is 600′ long and open 24 hours a day. It’s a nice walk with some interesting views. It’s also a good place to fish. The Caloosahatchee has been abused for decades, so you won’t see many boats fishing in the river, but at times a variety of saltwater fish are caught from the pier, including mangrove snapper and snook.
When the snook are there, they’re usually caught at night or in the morning. Most are caught on a rising tide with the current moving upstream. White bait tends to be around at the same time as the snook, at least in the morning before the beach goers arrive. There’s no cast netting from the pier, but bait can be netted from the beach. The scaled sardines and others are hard for snook to resist.
The park is in a residential area and a lot of locals go there. There will be some well equipped, experienced snook fishermen present when the fish are biting, watch and learn.
This is not a gulf beach. It’s a dark water river beach. During the rainy season it’s often a polluted river beach. Fresh water releases from lake Okeechobee and rain runoff have caused so much pollution that at times the beach is closed.
Sting rays are sometimes present as well. Be sure to do the when wading. Also there are no lifeguards. A 12 year old boy drowned in March of 2014. Avoid this beach if you want to wade, swim, find shells, or enjoy an ocean view, especially in the summer.
The Boat House
We do recommend the Boat House Bar and Grill. It’s a new (2014) tiki house with no outside walls. Located in the park. It has great views of the river. It’s open from 8 AM to 10 PM daily. Good food and drinks are available at reasonable prices all day. If you get there before 11:00 AM, $3.00 will get you a bloody Mary, screwdriver or mimosa.
They also rent paddle boards, but we don’t recommend renting them here. It’s safe here as the water is calm and boats near shore have to stay off plane. But the water quality and visibility are far below what you’ll find closer to the Gulf.
The Yacht Club has a junior olympic size heated swimming pool and a kiddie pool. Arthritis exercise classes, aerobics exercise classes and swimming lessons are offered. There is a charge for these, and you do have to pay to use the pool.
There’s plenty to do at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, from snook fishing at the pier to ballroom dancing at the Tony Rotino Center, but swimming off the beach is not one of them.
Other amenities include:
- BBQ Grills
- Outdoor Racquetball Courts (2)
- Picnic Shelters
- Playground (ages 2-12)
- Shuffleboard Courts
- The Cape Coral Yacht Club Basin
- Five lighted tennis courts
- Tony Rotino Senior Center
Cape Coral Yacht Club