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Boating in Broward County Parks

Even the family pets enjoy a boat ride now and then.

West Lake tour boat

Deerfield Island Park docks

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 our parks, Boaters Park and Deerfield Island Park, are accessible only by boat.

For the latest boating laws and guidelines for safe operation, please request a free copy of the Broward Safe Boating Guide from the Marine Advisory Committee.

Boat Ramps

Everglades Holiday Park
Markham Park 

List of Boat Ramps in Broward County

Boat Docks

Boaters Park
Deerfield Island Park
West Lake Park

Boat Rentals

Everglades Holiday Park - Johnboats
Markham Park (marina operations temporarily suspended)
Plantation Heritage Park - Paddleboats
Quiet Waters Park - Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards
Tree Tops Park - Paddleboats
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park - Paddleboats, johnboats, kayaks, and canoes.
West Lake Park - Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards


family canoeing at West Lake Park 

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.

Water-Skiing and Wakeboarding at C.B. Smith Park

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

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 October 13, 2019. 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.