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.