Kayaking at MacArthur Beach

Kayaking at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Effective Immediately: The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that kayaks, canoes and paddleboards must all have the same safety equipment as they are all human-powered vessels. All such vessels must have a Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person and a sound producing device on board while on the water.

Kayaking at MacArthur Beach State Park provides visitors with a unique experience. Depending on the season, you may see wildlife including manatees, dolphins, mullet, snook rays and a variety of birds. You can enjoy the calm kayaking waters of the park by renting a kayak or in your own canoe/kayak.

You don't have to be an expert to paddle the calm waters of the park's estuary. Sit back and enjoy this relaxing activity in an atmosphere like no other. Listen for the call of an osprey or catch a glimpse of the roseate spoonbill.

Paddleboarding on the water

Paddle around the estuary or travel under Burnt Bridge into the Lake Worth Lagoon and visit Munyon Island – an outlying part of the park with a rich history. While on the island, visitors can explore the trail system which leads through a habitat consisting of gumbo limbo, mastic and white stopper trees. After hiking the trails, settle down at one of the five pavilions located on the island and enjoy a picnic lunch.

In order for your kayaking experience to be enjoyable and safe, please respect park resources, wildlife and sea grasses, and remember to plan your return in enough time to be out of the park by the posted closing time at the entry gate.