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John Prince Park

This 726-acre park surrounds Lake Osborne. Enjoy a wealth of water-based activities, or spend the day on land. Launch your boat, go fishing or water skiing, or play volleyball, tennis, or soccer before your picnic lunch - grills are available. Nine children's play areas (including a newer handicapped-accessible one) keep the kids busy, and the five-mile bike trail and 1.4 mile exercise trail provide more active recreation. Make a day of it and enjoy all this park has to offer! RV and tent camping sites are available by reservation. Enter from 6th Ave. S., S. Congress Ave., or Lake Worth Rd.

John Prince Park is probably the most water-oriented park in Palm Beach County. The boat ramp has 2 two-lane ramps, 1 single lane ramp, a really long courtesy dock running parallel to the shore, and parking for what seems like a zillion trailers. As we mentioned in the Oglethorpe Park / stub canal park listing, Lake Osbourne was once very ski-oriented and even had a ski jump. Those days are long gone, though, now a great portion of the lake chain is shallow and weed-laden. Not so fantastic for water skiing (that role is now filled by Okeeheelee Park) but the lake has become quite a fishing destination. I pass by here daily and nearly always see rednecks standing in their jon boats casting at the water's edge in hopes of getting that bass. Here is the FWC Angler's Guide for the Lake Osbourne Lake Ida Chain of Lakes.

Resources indicate that Lake Osbourne and Lake Ida are connected via navigable canals. Maybe this is true for some boats, but for our 1969 Hewes Tarpon there was no chance of getting under the pipe on the north side of the Miner Road bridge. The pipe has a clearance of probably five feet. It was fairly annoying - the pipe ran straight across the canal instead of curving upward - we most likely would have fit under the Miner Road bridge. (Update - The FWC's new map indicates this low pipe and also shows where ramps are).

For those not so interested in water activities and perhaps looking for a park to picnic at, John Prince is flat-out huge and is an excellent picnic destination. There are grills and tree-shaded tables available throughout the park. On summer days this park does get very crowded and the picnic tables may all be taken. In that case, you could always bring a blanket and a hibachi and kick it old skool.

Location:

Lake Worth FL 33461
726 acres

Web site:

www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/locations/central/jprince.htm


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