Onshore fishing is a fun activity that doesn’t involve all the work putting a boat in the water. Thankfully, there are many great onshore fishing spots in Palm Beach County. Here are a few of our favorites.
Address: 400 S State Road A1A, Jupiter
This expansive beachside park includes Lazy Loggerhead Café, Seabreeze Amphitheatre, picnic areas, an exercise course, bocce courts, softball fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Saltwater fishing is permitted at this beach, and most surf-fisherman use 12-15 foot rods paired with large saltwater spinning reels and 20-25 pound test line. Surf fishing can be great here for jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and snook.
Bert Winters Park
Address: 13425 Ellison Wilson Road, Juno Beach
Boat Trailer Parking Permit Required. This park has recently undergone $2.5 million in improvements and includes two docks and two boat launch ramps, as well as kayak/paddleboarding access, picnic areas, playgrounds, baseball fields, and tennis courts. Fishing is allowed on docks and seawalls.
Burt Reynolds Park
Address: 805 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter
Boat Trailer Parking Permit Required. Conveniently located just south of Jupiter inlet, Burt Reynolds Park boat ramps are open 24/7 (west side only) and only a few short idle minutes away from the inlet. There are two areas where you can drop your boat in at this park. The west side is more for the larger boats as the east side ramps require you to clear the US1 bridge in either direction. Amenities at this park are plentiful on the east side with horseshoe pits, picnic areas with grills, shelters/pavilions, playground, restrooms, sand volleyball court and a kayak/paddleboard launching area. Burt Reynolds Park is also home to the River Center and the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.
Coral Cove Park
Address: 1600 Beach Road, Tequesta
Saltwater fishing is permitted at this beach near the south of the park in unguarded areas, and accessed using dune crossovers. No parking is available here, so you may have to park somewhere and hike to the fishing area. Most surf-fisherman use 12-15-foot rods paired with large saltwater spinning reels and 20-25-pound test line. Surf fishing can be great here for jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and snook. This park also has parking near the guarded swimming areas, picnic areas, a playground, and a restroom.
John D. MacArthur State Park
Address: 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach
The park is located in northern Palm Beach County at the North end of Singer Island. The park is open from 8am until sundown 365 days a year. Park visitors can participate in a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, beach fishing, bird-watching, and snorkeling. Fishing is allowed in designated areas of the park with a proper fishing license. The best thing to do is bring a cast net, rent a kayak, and keep a couple of mullet in a bucket. Paddle around until you see larger fish eating bait, then cast a mullet and you may be lucky enough to reel in a 20-35 pound jack crevalle or even a snook, which is plenty of fun from a kayak.
Johnathan Dickinson State Park
Address: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound
This park offers many activities and opportunities for outdoor adventure! Hike, bike, fish, ride horses, canoe, kayak, camp, bird watch, visit the nature center, or go on a river tour. A newly rebuilt boat ramp is available for a small fee on the Loxahatchee River, which eventually leads to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing in the Loxahatchee River varies from freshwater fishing in the upper river to saltwater angling as you approach the picnic area and boat ramp. There can be soe overlap of species- it is possible to catch snook and snapper far upriver near Trapper’s, and largemouth bass as far down as the mouth of Kitching Creek. Be sure you have the appropriate license for the area and species you are fishing. Freshwater fishing is also available in several of the ponds and lakes, mainly in the eastern and southeastern areas of the park.
Address: 14775 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach
The Juno Beach Pier offers guests 990-feet of great saltwater fishing and wonderful opportunities to enjoy the scenic view. The full-service Pier House features a friendly guest services team, snack bar, gift store as well as a variety of fishing tackle, including rental poles and bait. The Juno Pier piloted the “Responsible Pier Program”, a Florida initiative to promote a healthy pier environment for sea turtles and other marine life. A portion of Juno Pier’s proceeds support the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a local non-profit that responds to traumatic sea turtle injuries and strandings. This park also includes restrooms, picnic areas, and beach volleyball courts.
Jupiter Inlet Jetty
Address: 1375 Jupiter Beach Road, Jupiter
Located on the north end of Jupiter Beach Park, the south jetty of Jupiter Inlet is a popular fishing spot with plenty of parking and public restrooms. This spot is known for monster snook and croaker, as well as tarpon. Use heavy tackle with at least a 40-pound test to compete with the rocks, and a nice sized mullet or croaker should bring in a sizable snook, especially during summer mating months. Parking is free, but it goes fast on a nice day, so get there early.
Phil Foster Park
Address: 900 Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach
Boat Trailer Parking Permit Required. Located on Singer Island under the Blue Heron Bridge, this 14.7 acre beach park features an underwater snorkeling trail, lots of fishing areas near the bridge, and a playground. The park is an excellent location for anglers to test their saltwater skills in the beautiful waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Fishing is permitted in several locations including a large pier and two smaller fishing platforms located on the west side of the park, and four fish cleaning stations are located along the fishing pier. Fishing is prohibited in the designated swimming area, boat ramps and docks. Four boat launching ramps are available with 24-hour access with day-use boat slips, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, and showers. Kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear are available for rental, and guided snorkeling tours and paddleboard lessons are also available.
Sawfish Bay Park
Address: 1133 North Alternate A1A, Jupiter
This 2.5 acre park is located on the beautiful Jupiter Intracoastal waterway with the Jupiter Lighthouse in full view. With a boardwalk along the waterway, fishing pier, two freshwater fish cleaning stations, picnic pavilions, kayak/canoe launch, and water fountains, this park is a great fishing location and a scenic masterpiece.
Address: 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter
Take a step back in time and enjoy walking, bicycling, riding, or canoeing through beautiful and historic Riverbend Park. From the ancient Indian middens, through the Seminole War Battles, to present day restoration, see Florida as the first settlers did. Nearly 10 miles of hiking/biking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails and 5 miles of canoeing/kayaking trails allow for hours of enjoyment. Freshwater fish along the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, visit the Cracker Farmstead, and picnic in the shade under a Seminole chickee.
Address: 3630 Indiantown Road, Jupiter
Boat Trailer Parking Permit Required. Waterway Park has 52 car/trailer Parking spaces, 24 car parking spaces, three concrete boat ramps, four 40’ long floating staging docks, restrooms, fishing pier, and a yacht basin with 170’ linear feet of floating staging docks. Other amenities include canoeing/kayaking access, fishing pier, and restroom facilities.