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Spanish River Park

Spanish River Park is named for the small freshwater stream that previously ran along what is now the park’s western boundary. Spanish River Park covers an area of 94.4 acres.
Since the river was channelized by the US Army Corps of Engineers, boaters have grown familiar with it as part of the intracoastal canal. Early maps refer to the river as “Boca Raton’s Lagoon,” but later residents and developers appear to have taken a leaf from history and dubbed it the ancient Spanish river. Remnants of the meandering stream bed may still be seen in the park.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to Sunset.

Picnicking

  • Group picnics (more than 25 persons) are permitted only in designated group picnic sites (picnic shelters). The shelters are reserved for all responsible groups. Please contact the Boca Raton Recreation Services Department’s Park Ranger Headquarters at 561-393-7815 with any requests.

Tent & Trailer Camping

  • No tent or trailer camping by individuals or families will be permitted. Spanish River Park is mostly a day-use park.

Fires

  • All fire must be confined within a self-contained charcoal unit. There will be no open or wood fires authorized.

Pets

  • Pets are not permitted in the Park or on the beach except during designated Dog Beach hours.

Swimming

  • Spanish River Park provides access to the beach and Atlantic Ocean. Year-round, lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Swimming is banned in the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway.

Fishing

  • Many park visitors enjoy fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway. Saltwater fishing from the coastline requires a fishing license. Surf fishing is banned in specified swimming areas between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Nature

  • They are confident that you will enjoy the Park’s flowers, plants, and trees, particularly along the nature walks. Fires have the potential to harm this natural environment, so please exercise caution. Cooking should be limited to areas with adequate facilities.

Wildlife

  • The peaceful walkways and shady areas are popular hangout spots for a variety of tiny birds. Along the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway, bigger and more beautiful wading birds are occasionally spotted.

Regulations

  • In City Parks, smoking and the use of alcoholic drinks are forbidden.
  • Kindly refrain from feeding the animals in the Park!

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