At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. Lover’s Key Adventures is therefore closed until further notice. LEARN MORE

Policies

Lovers Key State Park

Essential Eligibility Criteria
Stand-up Paddle Boarding

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with assistance of a companion.
  •  Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device.
  • Must not exceed manufacturer’s weight limit for vessel (275 lbs.), with gear.
  • Must have the ability to get on to and off of the Stand-up Paddleboard independently or with the assistance of a companion or self supplied adaptive device.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with assistance of a companion or self supplied adaptive device.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors, including sun, heat and insects, for up to (three) hours.
  • Must have ability to grasp and maneuver a paddle, or the ability to move the Stand-up Paddleboard through the water in a stable manner with self-supplied adaptive device.
  • Must have the ability, alone or with the assistance of a companion, to carry or drag the Stand-up Paddleboard from the rack to the water and the water to the rack, over sandy, wet, and uneven terrain, a distance of approximately (40) feet.

In the event of capsizing, one:

  • Must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft, independently.
  • Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device.

Lovers Key State Park

Essential Eligibility Criteria Canoe/Kayak Rental or Tour

Participation Requirements:

  • Participant with gear must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel (275 pounds for a single kayak; 450 pounds for a double kayak; 780 pounds for a canoe)
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to traverse uneven and unstable terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion for distances up to 100 feet.
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal floatation device (PFD)
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the canoe/kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • At least one person in the canoe/kayak must have the ability to move it through the water in a stable manner and return it back to the launching area.

 

In the event of a capsize, you-

  • Must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft, independently.
  • Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal floatation device (PFD).

Lovers Key State Park

Essential Eligibility Criteria Bike Rental or Tour

In order to participate:

  • Riders under 16 years of age must have the ability to wear a helmet as per state law
  • Total weight of user with gear may not exceed the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the help of a companion
  • Must have the ability to operate bike on uneven terrain on paved and un-paved surfaces, soft sand, and shell trail surfaces
  • Must have the ability to follow applicable traffic laws
  • Must have the ability to independently control, maneuver, and maintain balance on the bike for the duration (approximately 90 minutes) of the tour
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of approximately 90 minutes