Broward County Area Kayak and Canoe Launch Sites

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The following is a list of areas I've found for launching my kayak in the Broward County Florida area. All are within a 1.5 hour drive of Hollywood, Florida.

Broward and North Miami-Dade

  1. Oleta River State Park, North Miami Beach- Launch from the mangroves into North Biscayne Bay. You can paddle and swim around the spoil islands or head up the intracoastal into the Oleta River. Water is surprisingly clear due to nearby Haulover inlet. Rentals available.

  2. West Lake Park, Hollywood- 2 mile long shallow saltwater lake in the mangroves with 4 trails into the mangroves. Access to the intracoastal. No motor zone. Get lost in the middle of town. Now with crocodiles! Rentals available.

  3. Hollywood Beach- It's the beach, but only 2 legal launch spots in Hollywood

  4. Whiskey Creek/ John Lloyd Park- Dania Beach.Located in John U. Lloyd State park, access to beach and port Everglades.

  5. Fort Lauderdale Beach- Park on A1A, unload your kayak directly on the beach. Easiest beach access in Broward.

  6. Everglades Holiday Park- West Broward-Located where 3 canals meet at the water conservation area. Noted for fishing. Alligators and wading birds are often seen. Gets noisy due to airboat ride concession.

  7. New River, Downtown Ft. Lauderdale to Pond Apple Swamp- Paddle through downtown to the neighborhoods off Las Olas Blvd, or launch at Riverland Park and visit the Pond Apple Swamp area for urban wilderness..

  8. Wilton Manors, The Island City located within the north and south forks of the Middle River just north of Ft. Lauderdale. This is a 7 mile loop paddle through parks and residential areas. Rentals can be arranged.

  9. George English Park. Ft. Lauderdale. Provides easy access to the posh Las Olas waterfront neighborhoods.

  10. Deerfield Island- County park in the intracoastal. Not a spoil island, but has been reconfigured. Long nature trails with gopher tortoises. Luxurious waterfront homes along the route.

  11. Pompano Beach- Another beach launch in north Broward

Palm Beach Spots

  1. Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge- West of Boynton Beach. 5 mile long circular man-made route through the sawgrass. Leisurely way to see the River of Grass part of the glades by kayak. You will encounter alligators up close and personal. Canoe rentals available.

  2. Loxahatchee River- Palm Beach- Martin County line. Beautiful trip through a winding natural river. Upper river is a cypress swamp, lower river is brackish and mangrove dominated. 8 miles with pickup services available. Gators, otters and other wildlife if you go early. Canoe and kayak rentals.

  3. Lake Worth Pier and the Snook Islands- Lake Worth. Launch from the beach for the closest access to deep blue water on the east coast, or go island hopping in the intracoastal.

  4. Southern Boulevard Bridge- Palm Beach. Sand beach launch in the middle of the intracoastal. Good fishing spot.

  5. Munyon Island- North Palm Beach. Located in the intracoastal within John D. Macarthur State Park. Shallow area with lots of wildlife and fishing opportunities. Picninc shelters available on the island. Rentals available in the park.

Miami and the Upper Keys

  1. Morningside Park Area- Bird-filled spoil islands replanted with native vegetation, trout flats and Picnic Island. Located between the 195 Causeway and the 79th St Causeway. Rental concession sometimes open on weekends only.

  2. Matheson Hammock- Coral Gables. Bonefish flats and a surprisingly quaint brackish water trail through the mangroves. I've seen otters and snakes back in the mangroves.

  3. Rickenbacker Causeway- Virginia Key- Crandon marina- Launch from Hobie Beach, circumnavigate the islands. Map of Crandon Marina included.

  4. Deering Estate/ Chicken Key (Snowden's Dam)- South Dade. Grass flats for bonefish and a nice little island for baby shark viewing. Kayak rentals from the Deering Estate.

  5. Black Point- Mangrove shoreline and a sheltered bay with lots of creeks.

  6. Convoy Point/ Homestead Bayfront Park- Next to Turkey Point, more grass flats, mangrove shoreline and a chance to see crocodiles. Kayak rentals available.

  7. Rattlesnake Key/ Garden Cove- Mangrove trails, good bonefish flats. Middle of Key Largo.

  8. John Pennekamp State Park and Dusenbury Creek - Good mangrove trails and access to fishing areas. Key Largo. Kayak rentals available.

  9. Card Sound Road- Now closed to kayak access

  10. Cape Florida Bill Baggs State Park- as of late 2007, you can now launch from the beach at the north end of the park. This provides access to Stiltsville. Page also has map of Crandon Marina. Kayak rentals available near the lighthouse.

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Beach Launches in Broward (legal) that I know of. There may be more.
    Hollywood Between Bouganvilla and Azalea Terraces behind the Hollwyood Beach Community Center
    Hollywood at the end of Meade St., between North Beach Park and Dania Beach
    Dania- all of John Lloyd Park- Dania Pier to Port Everglades
    Ft. Lauderdale Beach just north of Ft. Lauderdale Beach park and south of Las Olas Blvd. There is an unloading area across from the Oasis Cafe just north of where A1A splits.
    Ft. Lauderdale Beach between Sunrise and Oakland Park Blvd
    Pompano Beach south of Atlantic Blvd to at least SE 6th St
    Pompano Beach from NE 5th Court to NE 16th St.


Links

Kayaking Safety tips
Broward County Florida Boat Ramps
Loxahatchee River Canoe outfitters (rentals and pickups)
Seagrasses of South Florida -Learn about the local seagrass species and their associated ecosystem. Florida Museum of Natural History.

Everglades Canoe Trails
Everglades City and Turner River
Flamingo Hiking and Canoe trails
Hell's Bay

South Florida Bush Paddlers Association- maps to many Miami-Dade County spots

Great Calusa Blueway- Detailed maps of the paddling trail in Lee County, FL. Includes Lovers Key, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Captiva and Cayo Costa. Worth the drive.

Paradise Coast Blueway- Trails in the 10,000 Islands in the Everglades, including Turner River

Charlotte County Blueway- Paddling Areas around Charlotte Harbor, the estuary of the Myaka and Peace rivers. Includes Punta Gorda and Boca Grande.

Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail- Pensacola to Georgia the hard way.

Local outfitters and rentals

The Paddle House- Newly opened near Coconut Grove in Miami for all your paddling needs.
Atlantic Coast Kayaks- Cypress Creek. Sales, Rentals, instruction, guided trips
Florida Bay Outfitters- Key Largo. Sales, Rentals, guided trips
Full Moon Kayaks- North Miami Beach (in Oleta State Park). Rentals, trips, instruction.
Everglades Kayak Fishing- Everglades City. Kayak mothership fishing trips, camping and eco-tours with Captain Wright.

Kayak Fishing in Florida

Florida Sportsman "No Motor Zone" forum
Palm Beach Kayak Fishing Club
South Florida Kayak Fishing Club

Kayak Meetup groups for Paddling Trips

South Florida Kayaking Meetup- Broward County based group. Weekly Wednesday night paddle from George English Park
Miami Kayaking Meetup Group- tends to do longer trips. Weekly Thursday night paddle from Matheson Hammock

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