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Snook Islands Natural Area
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100 North Golfview Road
Lake Worth


Snook Islands Natural Area is 118 acres, but it won't take you long to walk it. Paddling, however, that's a different story. Snook Islands, is in fact, a series of small islands as its name suggests, and the best way to see them is by kayak rather than by foot.

There is a boardwalk with an observation platform at the end, but it's only something over 500 feet in length. The intent of the natural area is to improve the quality of the Lake Worth Lagoon, and provide habitat for wildlife. The emphasis is on water rather than land. The animals and plant life present are linked to water — mangroves, shore and wading birds, fish, crabs and manatees. The focus of facilities is also on the water — a paddling trail, a floating dock and a fishing pier (there were quite a few people fishing when we visited).

Snook Islands is on the north side of the Lake Worth bridge on Lucerne Avenue but if you drive into the site you'll end up frustrated because the area has been designated for kayak launching, and there is no parking. However, if you drive out of the site and head back toward town, you'll see signs that will lead you down some one-way streets to a parking area on the west side of the municipal golf course, a short walk to Snook Islands. Also noteworthy: Palm Beach County, which owns the site, is planning an expansion of the natural area.

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