W.P. Franklin US Army Corps of Engineers Day Use Area

W.P. Franklin South Day Use Area is located in Alva, Florida on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee river. For guest enjoyment there are picnic tables, two reservable picnic shelters (35 person max), boat ramp, restrooms, Visitor Center with interactive exhibits, observation platform for vessel viewing, playground, horseshoe pit, sand volleyball court, Lock and Dam tours when available, water safety activities.

1660 South Franklin Lock Road
Alva, FL 33920
Open various hours, call first

Picnic shelters are available for advanced reservation by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov. The fee to reserve a shelter is $35.00. Call 239-694-2582 for more information.



General Information: Open Year-Round

Location: Riverfront

Suitable for Ages: All Ages

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Closest Airport: Southwest Florida International Airport

Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant

Guest Information: Family Friendly

Pet Information: Pet Friendly

Activities: Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Playground

Facility Amenities: Boat Dock, Covered Pavilion, Grills, Interpretive Displays, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, Water Access

Information/Services: Maps

Category: Marine Attractions, Water Recreation

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