Everglades National Park | WEST LAKE BOAT RAMP

West Lake Boat Ramp at Everglades National Park

West Lake Boat Ramp at Everglades National Park

See the Boat Launches web page for an interactive location map.


West Lake at Everglades National Park is open to boats with motors no greater than 6 horse power, plus canoes, kayaks, and other hand-paddled vessels. Motor boats of any type are prohibited from entering Alligator Creek at the east end of the lake.

Two docks and one concrete boat ramp are part of a complex that also includes a covered picnic area and a modern restroom. The parking lot can accommodate boat trailers.

West Lake boat docks

West Lake boat docks

I had planned to hike a short trail near the ramp, but vultures in the parking lot were already tearing up some guy’s car, and I didn’t want to leave mine unattended. Vultures love to tear rubber off of a vehicle and will rip apart windshield wipers, windshield molding, gaskets, and soft tops. Vulture problems are prevalent in both the Flamingo and Royal Palm areas of the park. If you plan to leave your car, be sure to have a tarp to cover the vehicle and bungee cords to secure it. It’s not a guarantee that your car will be victimized, as mine never was and I didn’t have a tarp, but I witnessed it happen (see photo below) and talked to a few others who had their vehicles damaged. If you try to shoo the birds away, they come back as soon as you turn around.

Vultures having a feast

Vultures having a feast

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Last updated on February 22, 2021
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