The fall season is here, skies are clear, temperatures are slowly coming down to more moderate levels and the park is recovering from Hurricane Irma. Although Irma gave the area a glancing blow, it still caused a considerable amount of damage. To the credit and ability of the staff, they worked very hard to get the park reopened on September 27, 2017. Everything is open for use except the...
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Mizell-Johnson - Accessible Amenities
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. These include:
Accessible picnic pavilions and grills
Accessible fishing from the jetty
Mizell-Johnson - Beach
Come relax or play on our beautiful three-mile-long beach situated along the Atlantic Ocean. Sunbathing, fishing and shelling are some of the favorite activities.
Mizell-Johnson - 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. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Mizell-Johnson - Boat Ramp
The marina at the park offers two boat ramps where you can launch your vessel into the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Everglades Inlet and to Whiskey Creek. The marina is open one hour before sunrise and closes each night at 11 p.m.
Mizell-Johnson - Boat Ramp
Boating is excellent at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson 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.
Mizell-Johnson - Canoeing and Kayaking
The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life and take photographs.
Participation Requirements / Canoe/Kayak Rentals
In order to participate in this program, one:
Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel (600 pounds).
Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
Must have ability to respond to instructions and/or call out in the event of an emergency.
Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device.
Must have the ability to enter and exit the canoe/kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion.
Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
Must have at least one person in the canoe/kayak with the ability to move it through the water in a stable manner and return it to the launching area.
Mizell-Johnson - Concession and Restaurant
The Whiskey Creek Hideout (link is external) is located south of Restroom Two and is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays; 9am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays. They currently provide snacks and beverages for purchase and rent snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and beach chairs. For more information and to make reservations please call (954) 929-4970.
Mizell-Johnson - Fishing
Surf fishing is a popular activity in the park. Visitors can also enjoy fishing from the park's 900-foot jetty which is capped and ADA accessible. Wheelchair fishing access areas and a fish cleaning table are available.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Mizell-Johnson - 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. Visitors can also walk the barrier island in the park's coastal strand and along the beach while experiencing some of the most beautiful dune areas in South Florida.
Mizell-Johnson - Picnic Pavilion
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. Here a map of the park with pavilion locations shown.
Mizell-Johnson - Picnic Pavilion
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 at time of reservation. 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. Here a map of the park with pavilion locations shown.
Mizell-Johnson - Picnicking
The picnic area is located in the coastal strand adjacent to our beautiful beach. 300 picnic tables and over 50 grills are available on a first come first serve basis. Vistors can picnic while enjoying the views of the beach and watching large ships as they leave and enter Port Everglades.
Mizell-Johnson - Scuba Diving
There is a beautiful reef with diverse marine life just 100 yards from the shore. In addition to the natural reefs, there is an artifical reef made of jacks at the south end of the park. Divers may see corals, tropical fish, sea turtles, nurse sharks, and spiney lobsters. Diving these area requires a diver's dive flag for safety reasons. Remember, take nothing but photos and leave nothing but bubbles.
Mizell-Johnson - Shower Station
Wash off the salt and sand from the beach at the showers located next to any of the beach bathrooms. Showers at the Jetty restroom, restrooms two and five are wheelchair accessible.
Mizell-Johnson - Snorkeling
BG Whiskey Creek Hideout Dive Resort - Underwater Geo-caching
Test your treasure hunting skills by finding the hidden underwater geo-cache site at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park. After you find the site, look for a plate attached to it. There is a phrase on the plate. Memorize the phrase and go to the BG Whiskey Creek Hideout concessions located just south of parking lot 2. Tell the person at the concessions the phrase to receive a decal for your geo-caching log.
Look for an anchor underwater.
Look where the smooth sand ends and patch reef begins.
Look where the water is about 1 fathom (6 feet) deep.
Look about 2 shots distance off the beach (1 shot equals 15 fathoms).
Look a little to the north of the entrance to the beach that is closest to the Whiskey Creek Hideout kayak rack.
If you want more hints, ask the dive instructor at the Whiskey Creek Hideout Dive Resort.
The geo-cache site is home to many tropical fish.
Mizell-Johnson - Snorkeling
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.
Mizell-Johnson - Swimming
Swimming is allowed on our 2.5-mile stretch of beach along the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming is also allowed in other designated areas within the park.
Mizell-Johnson - Weddings
Your dream wedding or vow renewal on the beach overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean can be made a reality by contacting the park office. Our friendly staff will help make this one of the most memorable days of your life.
Mizell-Johnson - Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.