Everglades National Park | WEST LAKE PICNIC AREA

West Lake Picnic Pavilion

West Lake Picnic Pavilion

See the Picnic Areas web page for an interactive location map.


West Lake has the only picnic pavilion in Everglades National Park. There are five tables, but no grills. A modern restroom facility is attached to the building. The tables overlook West Lake, where fishing is allowed, but no swimming due to the possibility of alligators in the water. A boat ramp and a short boardwalk nature trail are also part of the complex.

Picnic tables at West Lake in Everglades National Park

Picnic tables at West Lake in Everglades National Park

I had planned to hike the boardwalk trail, 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 shoo the birds away, they come right 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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