With more than 300 miles of navigable waterways in Broward County, it’s not surprising that boating is one of the most popular recreational activities – the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, after all, is commonly known as the “Venice of America.” Nor is it surprising that a lot of those navigable waterways are found in Broward County Parks. Whether you want to launch your boat into the edge of the Everglades at Markham Park or Everglades Holiday Park or pull into a slip for a leisurely picnic at Boaters Park, there’s a park to fit your needs. Two of our parks, Boaters Park and Deerfield Island Park, are accessible only by boat.
For the latest boating laws and guidelines for safe operation, please review the Broward Safe Boating Guide.
Everglades Holiday Park
List of Boat Ramps in Broward County
Deerfield Island Park
West Lake Park
Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium - Paddleboats
Everglades Holiday Park - Johnboats
Markham Park (marina operations temporarily suspended)
Plantation Heritage Park - Paddleboats
Quiet Waters Park
Tree Tops Park - Paddleboats
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park - Paddleboats, johnboats, kayaks, and canoes.
West Lake Park - Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards
Contact the park of your choice to find out what kinds of boats are available. Selections range from canoes and kayaks to paddleboats and johnboats.
Guided Pontoon Boat Tours at Anne Kolb Nature Center
Tour dates are currently being offered to school groups. Call 954-357-5161 to reserve a date. Relax in the safety and comfort of a shaded boat and enjoy a 30-minute entertaining and informative commentary about the West Lake mangrove tidal estuary and its inhabitants. The tour is tide-dependent. Only group tours are currently available.
The boat is provided at Broward Ski & Wakeboard School, which offers lessons and rides on a private freshwater lake. All forms of water-skiing, wakeboarding, slalom kneeboarding, barefoot skiing, and tubing are taught, using a Malibu ski boat with wakeboard tower, wedge, perfect pass, and training boom. All equipment is supplied, or you can bring your own. Open weekday afternoons and all day Saturdays and Sundays year round. Party packages and summer camp specials are also available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call instructor Mike Tolzmann at 954-292-3953, or visit BrowardSki.com.
Personal Watercraft Area at Markham Park
This 26-acre lake, the only area in the County park system open to motorized personal watercraft such as Jet Skis and Wave Runners, is open seasonally on weekends and holidays from mid-March through the end of October. A launching fee is required. Session times run from noon to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call the park at 954-357-8868 for more information.
Marina at West Lake Park
Weather permitting, the marina offers canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals every day of the week but Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boat going out at 3:50 p.m. Rentals, which include paddles and life jackets, are $14/hour, $24/two hours, and $30/four hours. Small lockers are available for $1 + tax. You can also launch your own canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard from the marina's boat ramp, which is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. No motorized boats are permitted. The marina regularly offers classes and guided excursions as well. For details call the marina supervisor at 954-357-5122.