Even though this is a short urbanized segment along South Florida's Gold Coast, paddlers can enjoy several scenic state parks. Starting from Oleta River State Park, you'll have an opportunity to paddle either the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) or along Atlantic beaches. Take the Atlantic route only during good weather and light winds.
For ICW paddlers, the first stop is Holland Park, seven miles north of Oleta. The park has picnic shelters and makes a fine lunch stop. From Holland Park continue north to the Ann Kolb Nature Center (a must see!) and then on to the John U. Lloyd State Park. Bring a mask and snorkel as you'll find one of the easiest and most interesting shore dives in the area. The final stop, and end of this segment, is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Take special care when proceeding past Port Everglades, where gargantuan cruise ships and other boats dock.