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Ocean Ridge Natural Area

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Ocean Ridge Natural Area is a recreational boater’s paradise right in the heart of Palm Beach County. This 27-acre park features a network of nature trails, a two-story observation tower, and educational exhibits.

Boaters can access the park through a small inlet located one-third of a mile south of the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lake Worth Lagoon. The inlet leads to a shallow cove that has two floating docks with slips for nine boats up to 30-feet in length.

Red, black, and white mangrove trees dominate the landscape and provide a habitat for juvenile fish and nesting for birds. Keep an eye out for white ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, ospreys, and red-bellied woodpeckers. The calm waters surrounding the park are home to various species of fish, crabs, manatees, and other marine life.

After the loss of native mangroves due to urban development, Palm Beach County directed the Department of Environmental Resources Management begin a restoration project to return the area to its natural state. Between 2001 and 2006, volunteers planted more than 9,000 red mangrove seedlings on the site to create a healthy environment.

There are no restroom facilities or drinking water in Ocean Ridge Natural Area. The nearest facilities are located at Boynton Beach Marina roughly a mile north.

For more information visit http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/natural/natural-areas/ocean-ridge/ or call 561-966-6600

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