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West Lake Park, Hollywood FL USA
West Lake Park
1200 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33019
West Lake Park is a great way to view a tidal Mangrove wetland easily from the water as well as from nature trails and exhibits.
The park is very well organized with marked paddling trails (and walking trails). West Lake spans both sides of Sheridan Street as shown on the map at left ( from the free Waterway Trail Guide available at the marina or nature center). We kayaked all 4 colored-coded paddling routes which are well marked with color keyed signs like the one below. What could be easier!
A nice route is to explore the Green or White paddling trails at Holland Park, then take the Red Trail to the end at the Nature Center. You can get off at the Nature Center's beach landing, have lunch, go up the observation tower, then continue paddling to the Blue trail and back to the launch area at Holland Park.
Some of the trails become too shallow to paddle in places when the water is low, so check with the rangers first if you want to avoid walking your canoe or kayak in places.
If you got your canoe or kayak from an equipment leasing or renting business I would highly recommend consulting with the rangers ahead of time. Being informed can prevent damaging a kayak that you don't own!
Please do not disembark except at the nature center or launch area.
Fishing from your kayak or canoe is permitted with a valid saltwater license.
Please stay clear of the powered nature tour boat in the area, especially when it returns to the nature center via the Red trail. You'll notice separate channels to the Red trail for the nature boat and for paddlers to help maintain safe distance.