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John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

 Activities at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Come relax or play on our beach.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Visitors may enter the park on bicycle or transport their bicycles into the park to traverse approximately 2.5 miles of paved park roadway.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Lloyd Beach has two boat ramps at our marina with easy access to the ocean through the Port Everglades Inlet. There is a user fee for the boat ramp. The daily hours for launching, from the park’s boat ramp, are from one hour before sunrise until sunset. All vehicles and boat trailers must be cleared from the Marina/Boat Ramp parking area by 11:00 p.m. each night. Overnight parking is not permitted.

There is plenty of room for boaters to beach along the northern end of "Whiskey Creek", where the whole family can enjoy a picnic with easy access to their boat.

Boating

Boating

Boating is excellent at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. Whiskey Creek, a manatee sanctuary, flows through the park and is adjacent to Port Everglades and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). It provides an excellent opportunity for viewing scenic wildlife by canoe or kayak. Motorboats can be accommodated from the ICW to just south of the restaurant, which is a short walking distance from our popular swimming beach. The park also has a boat ramp ($9.00 fee) which provides easy access to the ICW. Ocean access is available through the Port Everglades Inlet, about a mile away. There is also a full service restaurant, "The Loggerhead Café"  at the north end of the creek which provides canoe and kayak rentals.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life and take photographs.

Participation Requirements

Fishing

Fishing

Surf fishing is a popular activity in the park.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

At the south end of the park, we offer a relaxing, 45-minute self-guided nature walk through a native subtropical coastal hammock. Here you can see examples of a seaside hardwood forest unchanged from the impact of development. You may also see wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons and a myriad of birds.

Picnicking

Picnicking

We are pleased to offer park visitors a total of seven picnic pavilions, six of which are located within two-hundred yards of the beach. All of the pavilions include water, electric, picnic tables and a barbecue area. The seventh pavilion overlooks Port Everglades where visitors can enjoy watching the arrival and departure of the cruise ships. The pavilions seat between 100 and 150 people and may be rented for $159.00 per day, tax included. A $50.00 refundable cleanup deposit, in the form of a check, is required. For picnic pavilion availability and reservations, please call (954) 924-3859. There are over 300 individual picnic tables situated throughout the park that are available to visitors at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

For those interested in the underwater beauty of South Florida, Lloyd Beach has one of the easiest and interesting shore dives in the area. You can follow the submerged Eurojacks to the first reef. This allows snorkelers and divers to see a vast array of sealife including tropical and sport fish, sharks and Florida lobster.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is available in designated areas.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is available in designated areas.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.