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Boating in Broward County Parks

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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 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.

Boat Ramps

Everglades Holiday Park (ramps closed through approximately end of 2021 due to construction)
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 - (open Sunday only)  
Plantation Heritage Park - ​(marina operations temporarily suspended)
Quiet Waters Park - Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (open on Saturday only)​
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park - Paddleboats, 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

CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19. 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 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.

Personal Watercraft Area at Markham Park is CLOSED as of April 7, 2021, due to COVID-19 Vaccination Site​

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

​All rentals will be done in person at the walk-up window to the marina. Weather permitting, the marina offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 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. daily. No motorized boats are permitted. For details call the marina supervisor at 954-357-5122.