The Markham Park West Boat Ramp is located at 16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33323.
This boat ramp has access to the north and south running canal adjacent to Markham Park. You will have a good shot at Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass, Bullseye Snakehead as well as a myriad of tilapia and cichlids. This ramp is free on the weekdays however there is a fee on the weekends and holidays. One of the nice things about this ramp is that it is in the park proper and once you finish with your boating adventure, there are plenty of spots where you can relax and BBQ or just let the kids run around and enjoy all the areas the park has to offer.
This boat ramp has two concrete ramps that are separated, which allows for only one boat at a time per ramp. They are long and deep and the ends of the ramps are identified with signage. The dockage is concrete and very tall. There are no staging docks and you will need a pole vault or a parachute to get onto and leave your vessel. This is a most challenging aspect of this ramp. The facility is very well kept and there are trash receptacles nearby. On a side note, the room to maneuver is one of the best around. On the weekdays when there is almost no traffic, it is a great place to bring beginners or new boat owners to practice maneuvering with a trailer and loading or unloading the vessel.
Staging, Parking, and Stowing
Accessing the staging area is a breeze, however there is a speed limit in the park that you should follow to avoid getting a ticket. There is hardly any traffic here on the weekdays though it can get a little jammed up on the weekends. There are around 20 parking spaces for trailered rigs. However there are no marked visitor parking spaces, which means visitors most likely will use the trailer parking spaces. There is plenty of room when pulling your rig out of the water to stage and to do your tie downs and road preparations.
There are no bait or food services in the area, so you may want to make sure you pack a lunch and some drinks. BJ’s Bait and Tackle is nearby and I’m sure they’d be happy to help you with live shiners or any other bait you may want to use. Cast-netting is always another option, however you may not want to bet the whole trip on your ability to catch bait with the cast net. There are restrooms nearby though you do have to walk a little way to get to them and they are in the middle of the surrounding campsites.
Flat Trailer Tires of Frustration Ranking
- 1 Flat Trailer Tire for the ramps not having a staging area to board your vessel and how high the docks are compared to the water level.
- 1 Flat Trailer Tire for no food or bait available.
- ½ Flat Trailer Tire for bathrooms being far away and also no visitor parking spaces.
Overall Ranking: 2.5 Flat Trailer Tires of Aggravation
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