John Stretch Park is situated on the south side of Lake Okeechobee in the western part of Palm Beach County. The roadside park is notable because it provides boat ramp access to the lake. It also houses the South Florida Water Management historical pump display, along with ballfields, a playground and picnic areas. The park is part of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.The name honors John Stretch, who acted as director of conservation and recreation in the flood control district until 1970.
Access to Lake Okeechobee
Fresh water fishing is permitted by the lake, and a boat launching ramp offers lake access. Be aware that the boat ramp is extremely steep and is suitable for smaller boats. A lock for moving boats in and out of Lake Okeechobee is located at the end of the park. John Stretch Park also offers canoe and kayak access to the lake. Trailer parking is available onsite.
John Stretch Park is a free park of over 50 acres that offers a nice array of recreational facilities for visitors. In addition to boat access to the lake, the park has an outdoor basketball court and a large multi-purpose grassy field for ball play and cricket. The baseball fields are available with preregistration.
Families with children will find a playground and picnic areas, some featuring shelters and grills. The large pavilion can be reserved in advance. An interesting display of historical flood control equipment with valves, pipes and diesel engines is onsite. Modern flood control machinery can be seen set into the dike at the end of the park near the boat lock.
There are restroom facilities for your convenience, and dogs are welcome.
John Stretch Park
47225 US Highway 27
Lake Harbor, Florida 33459
Open from sunrise to sunset
Here is a short video showing a 360 degree view of the park.