Launch Location: George English Park. There are two launch points in this park. There is a very nice sand beach at the corner of Sunrise Blvd and the Middle River with trailer parking and a flat rocky beach near the Tennis Center toward the north side of the park with free parking. This park also has boat ramps.
Personal Notes: This was a nice leisurely urban paddle with a friendly group of people from the South Florida Kayaking Meetup. We did 6.2 miles and were out for just under 3 hours. One of the highlights of this paddle was spotting a manatee just inches from my kayak that was feeding on some algae growing on a dock. Unfortunately the sun had already dipped below the horizon and I couldn’t get my camera’s flash turned on in time. Download Kayaking Track For Use In Google Earth
Fees: Parking at this location is pay by the hour and the machine takes cash, plastic or pay by phone. You can also park over at the tennis courts for free and either walk over to this location or launch from the tennis courts location.
Description: This is an urban paddle with lots to see. On sunny days you can usually find shade. This trip tends to have flat water, currents up to about 2MPH under some bridges, and can sometimes have brisk winds. If you stick to the back canals there is very little boat traffic but on the main waterways there is considerable boat traffic.
Kayak Rentals Availability: Rentals are not provided at this location.
Amenities: There are public restrooms over at the tennis courts. A hose spigot is provided and there is a 7/11 across the street along with a shopping mall.