Launch Location: Westlake Park in Hollywood. There is a gravel boat ramp here plus a floating dock in the park for launching kayaks and canoes. The ramp can be slippery due to algae growing on it so it is best to wear water shoes.
Parking: Parking is free once you are in the park. There is a limited amount of trailer parking near the boat ramp.
Description: On this trip an old friend joined us for paddle using a kayak rented at the park. We paddled through the mangroves out to Westlake and then north under the Sheriden street bridge. At this point we went back into the mangroves on the west side of the lake. After paddling around the mangroves we paddled over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center, beached our kayaks and walked to the top of the Observation Tower that is located there. It’s worth the walk as it offers a fantastic view of the park from 7 stories in the air. We ate our lunches there and then paddled back to the launch site.
Kayak Rentals Availability: Rentals are provided by the park.
Amenities: There are public restrooms in the park. There are also restrooms and a nature center at the Anne Kolb Nature Center that is about a half hour paddle going north.