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 request a free copy of the Broward Safe Boating Guide from the Marine Advisory Committee.
Everglades Holiday Park
List of Boat Ramps in Broward County
Deerfield Island Park
West Lake Park
Everglades Holiday Park - Johnboats
Markham Park - (open Sunday only)
Quiet Waters Park - Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (open on weekends only)
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park - Temporarily closed. When open, includes choice of paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes (open weekends/holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
West Lake Park - Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards - Open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Guided Pontoon Boat Tours at Anne Kolb Nature Center
Closed until further notice. 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 weekdays by reservation only. 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.
This 26-acre lake, the only area in the Broward County park system open to motorized personal watercraft such as Jet Skis and Wave Runners. 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, ext. 0, for more information. Please complete and sign this waiver and bring to the park office. Capacity is limited.
Marina at West Lake Park
Weather permitting, the marina offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boat going out at 3:50 p.m. Rentals include paddles and life jackets. Check here for Boat Rental Fees. 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. . No motorized boats are permitted. For details call the marina supervisor at 954.357.5122.