Tag Archives: Lake Worth Lagoon

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Symposium at Palm Beach Atlantic University. It was a fantastic event where we learned so much about the Lake Worth Lagoon and it’s inhabitants. I look forward to sharing more of what we learned during the event in future posts.

Today will focus on some of the marine life that can be found in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Our first session of the morning was entitled exactly that, “Marine Life Found in the Lake Worth Lagoon” and was presented by photographer Anne DuPont. Very entertaining and energetic, Ms. DuPont shared her experiences and photographs from diving in the area of the Lagoon by the bridges in Riveria Beach by Singer Island.

You can see a number of photos taken by Ann by visiting her profile page at the South Florida Underwater Photography Society website.

 


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.


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 are fortunate to have such a variety of habitats within the Lake Worth Lagoon. Today, we will learn more about a few of these habitats and where they can be found within the Lagoon

Tidal Flats – According to the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, “Tidal Flats are intertidal, non-vegetated, soft sediment habitats, found between mean high-water and mean low-water spring tide datums and are generally located in estuaries and other low energy marine environments. They are distributed widely along coastlines world-wide, accumulating fine-grain sediments on gently sloping beds, forming the basic structure upon which coastal wetlands build.”

Tidal Flats support a variety of life forms such as sea grass, mangroves, invertebrates, crustaceans, bivalves and crabs and many others. You can see examples of Tidal Flats at John’s Island at the mouth of the C-51 Canal.

Wetlands – A naturally occurring habitat in Florida’s Estuaries, Wetlands provide valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife. Mangroves found in wetlands also help to filter the water and provide a favorable environment for fish nurseries.

The Snook Islands Restoration Project restored 100 acres of wetland habitat in the Lake Worth Lagoon. Where dead zones once existed, sea grasses now grow. Hundreds of bird species use the Snook Islands for food and shelter, the American Oystercatcher has even returned to the area and is one of the Snook Islands most vocal residents!

Maritime Hammock – Maritime Hammocks are some of the most rapidly disappearing habits around. They are a non-coniferous forest comprised of native tree species like Gumbo-Limbo, Sea Grape and Saw Palmetto. These coastal wooded habitats are at a higher elevation than Tidal Flats and provide food and protection for migrating birds.

The John’s Island Restoration Project created 1.4 acres of Maritime Hammock that also includes mangrove Tidal Flats, Oyster Reefs and a Tidal Inlet.

These are just a few of the more common ecosystem found right here in the Lake Worth Lagoon. These incredible restoration projects are made possible by the efforts of Palm Beach County and the Department of Environmental Resources Management.

Visit www.KayakLakeWorth.com learn about Kayak rentals and tours in the Lake Worth Lagoon


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.

Kayak Lake Worth offers Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard rentals and tours departing from this location daily. Please see our rental and tour pages for more information.