Category Archives: Lake Worth Fl

American Oystercatchers

American Oystercatchers in the Snook Islands in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

White Heron

Heron at sunrise at the Bingham Islands in the Lake Worth Lagoon

Perception Kayaks

Kayak Lake Worth kayaks getting a break in the Snook Islands.

Snook Islands Restoration

Stopping by to say hi at Phase II of the Snook Islands Restoration Project.

Lake Worth Lagoon

Pretty as a postcard in the Snook Islands

South florida sunrise

Watching the sunrise over Palm Beach in the Snook Islands.

American Oystercatcher

One of the American Oystercatchers of the Snook Islands.

Lake Worth Lagoon Snook Islands

View of the Lake Worth Golf Course Clubhouse from the Snook Islands.

Lake Worth Lagoon

Lake Worth drawbridge as seen from the Snook Islands

Supervising the work at Phase II of the Snook Islands Restoration Project.

Supervising the work at Phase II of the Snook Islands Restoration Project.

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Lake Osborne is an inland lake located at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Florida. A popular bass fishing spot, this freshwater lake is home to an assortment of birds and wildlife. Quite large, the lake runs north and south and is between Lake Worth Rd and Hypoluxo Rd.

The boat ramps are located at the north end of the park at the Lake Worth Rd. entrance, this is also where we launch kayaks. There is some boat traffic on Lake Osbourne that you have to be aware of, but it can be a beautiful paddle and great for kayak fishing too.

Kayak Lake Worth offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals at Lake Osbourne by reservation, visit www.KayakLakeWorth.com for more information.

Lake Osborne, Lake Worth FL


The American Oystercatcher is a large shorebird living in coastal environments around the world. In the United States, the Oystercatcher lives along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. There is a Black Oystercatcher that lives exclusively on the Pacific Coast.

In Central Palm Beach County, the Snook Islands have become a breeding ground and home to the American Oystercatcher. The American Oystercatchers in the Snook Islandsbirds had reportedly disappeared from the area for the last couple decades, but thanks to restoration efforts, the Oystercatcher has been able to make a home in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

A shy bird, the American Oystercatcher has a relatively low population with less than 9,000 birds residing in North America. While its numbers and range have been on the increase, they are vulnerable to marine habitat loss.

Oystercatchers nest in early spring just above the high tide mark, the male and female work together to construct the nest on the ground. In areas with many nesting Oystercatchers, they sometimes use communal breeding wherein one male and two females tend up to six eggs. Newly hatched chicks are fed by the parents for up to eight weeks. Young American Oystercatchers flock together and sometimes form pairs, but they don’t breed until their third year. The pairs may last for life.  For more information, see the Audubon profile for the American Oystercatcher.

American Oystercatcher, Lake Worth Fl       Am. Oystercatchers

All photos taken in the Snook Islands from kayaks. For information on renting kayaks in the Lake Worth Lagoon, visit the Kayak Lake Worth website.

 


If you have been to the Snook Islands Natural Area, or traveled over the Lake Worth Bridge in the last few months, you may have wondered what all that equipment and boats are about.

Just to the north of the bridge a work area is visible where the second phase of the Snook Islands Restoration Project is well underway, and to the south is the Bryant Park project which will bring new boat ramps and two new piers – one complete with a new kayak launch!

The Andy Reid from the Sun Sentinal has a great article that provides more information on the project, you can read the article in it’s entirety below, or click here for the original article.

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Snook Islands growing in Lake Worth Lagoon

“Heron and fishermen alike are getting new hunting grounds in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Mounds of dirt floating by barge along the Intracoastal Waterway are laying the groundwork for new sea grass beds and mangrove islands soon to take root off the shores of Lake Worth.

Months of work has begun on the $2.3 million project to expand the Snook Islands Natural Area, 100 acres of marine habitat initially created in 2005 to help breathe new life into the lagoon — suffering from decades of waterfront development and pollution.

The new expansion is expected to add more mangrove islands, oyster reefs and sea grass beds, which provide habitat for fish, wading birds and manatees while attracting fishermen, birdwatchers and kayakers to the waterfront.

The work also includes adding new sea grass beds and mangroves offshore of nearby Bryant Park.

“What we have proven is [that] we can create vast areas of sea grass, oysters and mangroves that bring a lot of birds and fish and help filter the water,” said Daniel Bates, Palm Beach Countys deputy director of Environmental Resources Management. “It has good recreational benefits and good habitat benefits at the same time.”

The creation of the Snook Islands is aimed at fixing environmental problems lingering from dredging and development that started decades ago.

Sediment dredged from the lagoon in the 1920s was used to fill in wetlands and expand the Lake Worth waterfront where the city’s golf course now sits.

But that digging left underwater holes that through the years collected polluted muck, smothered life-giving sea grass beds and worsened water quality.

The initial $18 million Snook Islands project started filling in those holes and enabled planting 11 acres of mangroves, about 2 acres of oyster reefs and 60 acres of sea grass beds just north of Lake Worth Bridge.

This year, work was finished on $2 million of public access facilities that included a 600-foot boardwalk, a fishing pier, boat docks and a kayak and canoe launch.

The new expansion calls for adding about 7 acres of sea grass beds, another 1/2-acre of oyster reefs and 3/4-acre of mangroves parallel to the existing Snook Islands, Bates said.

Another 5 acres of sea grass beds and 1/2-acre of mangroves are planned off shore of Bryant Park, on the south side of the bridge.

More Snook, tarpon, redfish and bait fish can already be found thanks to the initial Snook Islands project, according to fishermen who target the area.

“That was one big dead zone. It was nothing but muck. Now you build these island chains and it has drawn fish,” said charter fishing captain Danny Barrows, who primarily fishes the lagoon. “They are fish magnets … It’s a fun place to fish.”

The work is expected to last about six months and is being paid for with state funds, according to Bates.

The dirt being used to fill in the dredge holes comes from digging to create new wetlands at the county’s Okeeheelee Park.

A parade of dump trucks brings the dirt to Byrant Park, where a long conveyor belt on the shoreline feeds the dirt onto barges that carry it to the dump sites.

The kayak launch, boardwalk and other recreation amenities that opened this year have helped give people more access to the waterway, said Juan Ruiz, Lake Worth’s Leisure Services Director.

“It has been a great benefit, a great amenity to the city,” Ruiz said. “We are really pleased with the project. It gets used every day.”

Mangroves once lined the shores of the lagoon, before waterfront development brought seawalls that wiped away the vital marine habitat.

The Snook Islands Natural Area and the newly completed South Cove in West Palm Beach are among the environmental restoration projects in the lagoon aimed at bringing back more marine habitat.

While too much shoreline has been tampered with to fully restore the lagoon, Bates said, “we can certainly make steps in the right direction.”

abreid@tribune.com, 561-228-5504 or Twitter@abreidnews

Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


By South Florida standards, it’s been downright cold at night – especially for this time of year. But, most of the daytime temps have been absolutely beautiful with highs in the 70’s and low humidity. This makes for super enjoyable kayaking weather – you don’t even have to break a sweat half the time!

Come on down to Bryant Park this Saturday 11.10.2012 from 9am-1pm for open kayaking with Kayak Lake Worth and see for yourself!

Typically, we require advanced reservations for our rentals and tours, so this is a unique opportunity to just walk right up if the mood strikes and jump on a kayak. Notice I said ON and kayak, not IN a kayak? That is because we use SOT – sit on top kayaks, not the traditional kind where you are inside a cockpit. This makes the sport accessible to a broader group of people because the SOT kayaks do not tip or flip and are much easier to maneuver for beginners. Stand-up paddleboard rentals will also be available.

Kayak Lake Worth Kayak            Kayak Lake Worth SUP

All rentals are on a first come, first served basis. Availability is not guaranteed. Children under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian to be present.

1 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $20+ tax, Tandem for $35+ tax

2 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $35+ tax, Tandem for $50+ tax

4 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $40+ tax, Tandem for $55+ tax

8 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $60+ tax, Tandem for $70+ tax

We will be in Bryant Park, just south of the boat ramps. All major credit cards are accepted, cash payments are accepted, but we will NOT be able to make change. Call us at 561.225.8250 with any questions.

Hope to see you Saturday!


The East side of Florida may be better know for it’s sunrises, but our sunsets can be beautiful too!

We are happy to announce that in addition to our monthly Full Moon on the Lagoon Tours, we are adding two Sunset Tours too. One Friday and one Saturday per month we will be taking a group out to enjoy the early evening sunsets from the Lake Worth Lagoon.

As the sun sets and the shadows grow long, a whole new side of the Lagoon emerges. Join us this Saturday for the Daylight Savings Paddle and make the most of the long evening. Reservations are required.

Daylight Savings – Enjoy the last of the evening daylight until spring out on a kayak in the Snook Islands.

Saturday, November 3rd

5-7 PM, sunsets at 6:36 PM

$40+ tax per person, launch at Bryant Park

 

Turkey Paddle – Work off Thanksgiving Dinner with a Kayak Lake Worth Sunset Paddle in the Snook Islands.

Friday, November 23rd

4-6 PM, sunsets at 5:27 PM

$40+ tax per person, launch at Bryant Park

 

Holiday Paddle – Kick off the holiday season while you refresh and recharge during a Snook Islands paddle.

Saturday, December 8th

4-6 PM, sunsets at 5:28 PM

$40+ tax per person, launch at Bryant Park

 

Mayan Calendar Mayhem –  Mark the end of the Mayan Calendar with an evening paddle in the Snook Islands.

Friday, December 21st

4-6 PM, sunsets at 5:32 PM

$40+ tax per person, launch at Bryant Park


We wanted to thank Jane Smith from the Extra Step Blog for featuring Kayak Lake Worth on one of her recent posts.

Midwest couple now running Kayak Lake Worth

Three years ago, Emily and Bryce Billings got married, pulled up their Midwest roots and moved to South Florida.

They wanted to live and work by the water, Emily says, and South Florida fit that bill. They started in Miami, gradually moved up the coast to check out Delray Beach and eventually settled in Lake Worth. Its laid-back feel and affordable homes near the water captured their hearts. They rented for a while and bought a home there in December.

Then in May, the former owner of Kayak Lake Worth needed to sell the business or close it. The mobile kayak business now required more time than Ian Esplin had to spare because he also had a full-time job and a family, Emily says. So the Billings couple bought his business with the hopes of turning it into a 7-day operation.

Read more here.