Weather permitting, the marina offers boat rentals - kayaks and canoes - Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boat departing the marina at 3:50 p.m. The marina is also open all County holidays except the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Call the marina at 954-357-5186 to confirm that weather conditions will allow the boats to go out.
Rentals are $14/boat per hour, $24 for two hours, and $30 for four hours. Rentals include boat, 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.
For ages 13 to 17, a parent/guardian signature is required to go out on the lake alone. For ages 12 and under, an adult must be on the boat with them. No infants or toddlers on tours or in classes.
For those who wish to launch their own kayaks/canoes, the marina's boat ramp is open 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, 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 require signed parent/guardian permission to go out alone. 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.
Basic Kayak Class - Learn the various braces, strokes, and turning techniques 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. Minimum two participants up to a maximum of 10.
- Sat., Oct. 4 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Sat., Nov. 8 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Sat., Nov. 29 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Tues., Dec. 23 - 9-11 a.m.
Canoe Class - This basic class teaches the various strokes necessary to properly handle a canoe. We'll also discuss rescue techniques and the necessary gear. Canoes can accommodate one or two people. Minimum two participants up to a maximum of 10.
- Sat., Oct. 11 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Sat., Dec. 13 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
Moonlight Paddle - Join us as we paddle among the stars and the light of the full moon. This tour is for experienced paddlers; beginners are encouraged to complete one of the park's introductory classes before participating. Canoes and single kayaks are available for this program. Minimum two participants up to a maximum of 20.
- Wed., Oct. 8 - 6:30-9 p.m.
- Sat., Dec. 6 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Sun., Jan. 4 - 5-7:30 p.m.
West Lake Paddling EcoTour - Right in the middle of urban Broward County you'll find something unexpected - the beautiful natural area of West Lake, featuring many mangrove-lined trails and the open water of a large, protected, and pristine tidal lake. The lake is home to many species of aquatic birds and other marine life. Explore this unique ecosystem via canoe or kayak, learn the history of the site, and view the inhabitants as you navigate the trails and open water. This tour is for experienced paddlers; beginners are encouraged to complete one of the park's introductory classes before participating. Minimum two participants up to a maximum of 20.
- Sat., Oct. 25 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Sat., Nov. 22 - 8:15-10:15 a.m.
- Thurs., Jan. 1 - 10 a.m.-noon
West Lake Park
1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019