Launch Location: J. Dewey Hawkins Landing Boat Ramp also called Cherry Creek Ramp.
Personal Notes: We had planned on kayaking up in Stuart this weekend but have been having miserable weather lately and our plans were rained out. There was a few hours of nice weather on Sunday so we took advantage of it and chose this paddle since it is only a few miles from our home.
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Fees: No fees at all, even the parking is free.
Description: Wilton Manors is actually an island in the middle of a city. If you paddle around the whole island it will be just over a 7 mile paddle. There is very little boat activity and the water is usually calm even on windy days. Lots of stuff to look at along the way like Iguanas sunning in people’s back yards. On one part of the island there are mangroves on each side of the waterway where birds and raccoons can be spotted. If you get really lucky you may spot a manatee along the way.
Kayak Rentals Availability: Rentals are not available at this location but on the weekends Atlantic Coast Kayak has a kiosk at Richardson Park which is less than a mile away from this location.
Amenities: At this launch site a picnic table and trash can is about it, but the really nice kayak launch makes up for the lack of amenities.