Weather permitting, the marina offers rentals - kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards - daily except Christmas Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boat departing the marina at 3:50 p.m. Call the marina at 954-357-5186 to confirm that weather conditions will allow the boats to go out on any given day.
Rentals for a single kayak or stand-up paddleboard are $15 for one hour, $25 for two hours, and $35 for four hours. Canoes and double kayaks rent for $20 for one hour, $30 for two hours, and $45 for four hours. Rentals include paddles and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Bring a towel and a change of clothes, as you will get wet (anything you want to keep dry should be secured in a small waterproof bag). Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water are also recommended. Small lockers are available at $1 plus tax.
To rent a boat, ages 12 and under must have an adult (ages 18 and up) in the boat with them at all times. No infants or toddlers on tours or in classes. For ages 13 to 17, a parent/guardian signature is required to go out on the lake alone and an adult (ages 18 and up) must accompany teens in another boat.
For those who wish to launch their own kayaks/canoes/stand-up paddleboards, the marina's boat ramp is open during regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. No motorized boats are allowed in the lake or at this ramp.
The park's regular gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) is in effect on weekends and holidays.
To register for programs, go online or visit the Anne Kolb Nature Center office (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 954-357-5161, ext. 0), which is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For additional information, call the West Lake marina supervisor at 954-357-5122.
All programs are $35 per person plus tax, or $20 per person if you bring your own canoe or kayak. Ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult in another boat. Ages 12 and under require an adult in the boat with them. Participants have the option of going solo or using a double kayak. Infants and toddlers are not permitted in boats. Life jackets are included and must be worn at all times.
Kayak Class - Learn the various braces, strokes, and turning echniques necessary to properly handle a single kayak in this introductory session. Safety issues, rescue techniques, and the required equipment available will also be discussed. Single kayaks are used for this class.
Moonlight Paddle - Join us as we paddle among the stars and the light of the moon. This tour is for experienced paddlers; beginners are encouraged to complete one of the park's introductory classes before participating. Canoes and single and double kayaks are available for this program. Lights will be provided.
Sunrise Paddle - Every day starts with a sunrise. Join us and start your day with a morning paddle and watch as the sunrise casts its beautiful light onto West Lake. This tour is for experienced paddlers; beginners are encouraged to complete one of the park's introductory classes before participating. Canoes and single and double kayaks are available for this program.
West Lake Paddling EcoTour - Explore West Lake and learn the history of the park, as well as its diverse ecosystem and its inhabitants, as you paddle the trails. This tour is for experienced paddlers; beginners are encouraged to complete one of the park's introductory classes before participating.