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Snook Islands Natural Area

 
Snook Island
Snook Island
Construction
Completed Project

Project Location
In the Lagoon adjacent to the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and north of the Lake Worth Bridge.

The Problem
In the 1920s, dredging and filling along the edge of the Lagoon left deep holes. Over time, they accumulate sediments, become devoid of oxygen, and provide little habitat value.

Project Overview

  • Restoration of 100 acres of wetland habitat in the Lake Worth Lagoon was completed in 2005. Restoration activities include the following:
    • Filled deep holes with 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from Peanut Island that had been previously dredged to maintain the Intracoastal Waterway and inlets.
    • Graded the fill to wetland elevations which created four islands and submerged land suitable for seagrass.
    • Eliminated erosion and created a natural shoreline along 1.2 linear miles of the Lagoon.
    • Removed exotic plant species like Australian pine, Brazilian pepper and seaside mahoe, from five acres of shoreline and restored 1.7 acres of existing mangrove fringe.
    • Planted 11 acres of mangroves and 3.8 acres of spartina (commonly known as cordgrass) along the shoreline and on the islands.
    • Stabilized mangrove planting areas with 28,000 tons of limestone boulders.
    • Created 2.2 acres of oyster reefs.
    • Restored 40 acres of shallow sub-tidal habitats to promote seagrass colonization.
    • Partners involved in the restoration include Palm Beach County, City of Lake Worth,Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Inland Navigation District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Public use ammenities were added in 2012 and include the following:
    • A 545-foot long accessible boardwalk and covered observation platform
    • A 590-foot long accessible fishing pier
    • A kayak/canoe launch
    • Two bicycle racks
    • Two educational kiosks
    • Three benches
    • Four "key style" posts to secure kayaks/canoes
    • Three small day-use docks to accommodate six boats including a water taxi
    • Partners involved in adding the public use ammenities include Palm Beach County, City of Lake Worth, Florida Inland Navigation District, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Benefits

  • Increases seagrass beds in the Lagoon, providing a food source and nursery habitat for many species.
  • Improves habitat for birds using the open areas of shoreline and mud flats.
  • Improves habitat for fish. Anglers report catching numerous large snook and other desirable fish species around the islands.
  • Provides public access, recreational, and educational opportunities.
  • Provides economic stimulus to Lake Worth businesses by providing boater access to downtown Lake Worth.

For More Information

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Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
    Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
    Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
    Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
    Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
    Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
    Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
    ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]