The last couple years have seen the sport/hobby/pastime of kayaking reach levels of popularity not seen before. People of all ages are interesting in trying it out, but some have some reservations or questions about physical requirements and preparation.
We have had paddlers from the ages of 5 – 85 years old. On the younger end, the kids usually ride in the front of the tandem with a parent piloting the kayak from the back seat. Depending on the child’s size and ability, they can start kayaking in their own boat around the ages of 10-12, but we did have an experienced 9 year old go out with no problem.
The older first-time paddlers we get usually lament the fact that they waited so long to get out on the water and wish they would have tried it much sooner.
Here are some of the most asked questions we get at Kayak Lake Worth:
What should I bring?
Water, sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended. Wear clothing that you are comfortable getting wet and shoes that can be worn in the water to avoid cutting your feet on oyster shells. Any bags or coolers that you bring should be small, and remember, it will get wet!
Will I get wet?
Yes, you will most likely get at least a little damp. Weather conditions and paddling styles can contribute to the level of wetness. (The 10 ft and tandem kayaks do have drainage holes that allow some water in the kayak.)
What kind of Kayaks do you use?
Kayak Lake Worth rents open, sit-on-top kayaks. While non-traditional, this style opens up the world of kayaking to those who otherwise may not be able to maneuver in a classic kayak. This design results in a more stable boat not prone to tipping.
Are there size limitations?
Yes, the maximum weights allowable are as follows:
10 ft kayaks, maximum weight allowable is 230 lbs.
12 ft kayaks, maximum weight allowable is 300 lbs.
Tandem kayak, maximum total weight is 400 lbs.
Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs) maximum weight allowable is 210 lbs.
Can I just walk in without reserving a kayak?
No, we are a mobile Kayak and SUP outfitter. This means that we take advance reservations for your rental or tour. We do our best to accommodate last minute rentals, but availability is not guaranteed.
Are there Alligators?
The Lake Worth Lagoon is a saltwater estuary and Alligators live in freshwater environments, but there are reports of Alligators in saltwater environments – even the ocean. We have never received a report of an Alligator sighting in the Snook Islands or the Bingham Islands.
Kayaking is a fun family sport that can be enjoyed by most ages and skill levels. You can read more of the top questions and answers on our FAQ Page at www.KayakLakeWorth.com. You can also call us between 8AM and 6PM, seven days per week at 561.225.8250.
The Snook Islands are one of the must-paddle areas of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Located just north of the Lake Worth Bridge, the Snook Islands exist in a former dead zone. This portion of the Lagoon had been dredged to such a depth that there was no oxygen and it could not support animal or plant habitats. Now the area stretches for 1.5 miles along the Lake Worth Golf Course and features Oyster Reefs and 4 Mangrove Islands.
The Palm Beach County Snook Islands Restoration Project included:
>Restoration of 100 acres of wetland habitat.
>Created a natural and sustainable shoreline over 1 mile long.
>Eliminated exotic and evasive plant species such as Australian Pine from 5 acres of shoreline and restored almost 2 acres of existing mangrove fringe.
>Planted 11 acres of Mangroves.
>Planted almost 4 acres of Spartina (Cordgrass).
>Created over 2 acres of Oyster Reefs.
>Restored 40 acres of sup-tidal habitat to encourage sea grasses.
The Snook Islands N.A. also features a handy kayak launch, a 600 foot boardwalk, fishing piers and boat docks. Phase II/Bryant Park Wetlands should be getting underway soon and will add more Mangrove Islands and Oyster Reefs on the South side of the Lake Worth Bridge, just off shore from Bryant Park.
The Snook Islands can be paddled at any tide, although at and around low tide gives the most complete view of the islands. A drop off area is available at the Snook Islands Kayak Launch with free parking located a short walk away.