May 29, 2019

Capone Island Boca Raton – Calm

Pickup Spot

Please note: We do not offer walk-up services. All activities are by appointment only. You can make a reservation request by clicking HERE

Capone Island AKA Deerfield Island Park (part of Lake Boca) park is a nature-oriented refuge rich in both regional history and flora and fauna. Located on the Gulf Stream Intracoastal Waterway in Lake Boca in Boca Raton and accessible only by boat, it is described as a hidden treasure by locals.

Deerfield Beach Island
Capone Island

If you are interested in a private lesson to learn how to stand-up paddle then this is the perfect location for you! This paddleboarding tour of Capone Island (AKA Deerfield Island Park) in the calm waters of the Gulf Stream is perfect for beginners since the Intracoastal waters remain completely calm in this area – almost like a fresh water lake and there is very little boat traffic to create wake.

This spot is also a dog-friendly paddleboarding spot, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends!

Waterfront Launch Site Location

Pioneer Park Boat Ramp (copy and paste delivery address below when checking out)

217 NE 5th Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Where to meet the volunteers:

Walk North to the docks and boat launch. They will be waiting for you there.

Legend has it the fish packing house that later became the Riverview Restaurant was used by Al Capone as a gambling casino, brothel and for shipping illegal booze. Across from this location is a little secluded 52-acre island. It was purchased in 1930 by Al Capone’s attorney to build a secluded home. However, Capone was arrested for tax evasion in 1932 and the home was never built. The name Capone Island stuck. In 1934 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the island as a dumping ground for spoils generated from dredging the Intracoastal Waterway. It wasn’t until 1955 that the State of Florida took the island and island became Deerfield Island Park operated by Broward County, as it is today. The island is now home to the endangered gopher tortoises, which you can see nesting on the land.

Dog-friendly Very Calm Paddle Spot

Bring your pup for a private stand-up paddleboarding lesson in the Intracoastal waters of Boca Raton. Our instructors are all certified and we have special dog-friendly boards and life jackets in all sizes for your four-legged friends.

Please note: As a volunteer-based charity, all proceeds are donated to our Salty Dog of the month each month – we do not retain any portion.



Click HERE to make a Reservation

Click here to book a private lesson, ECO tour, or simply rent a paddleboard at Capone Island.

Deerfield Beach Island Paddle


Deerfield Beach Island

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Sunblock
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Photos from past paddleboarding tours of Capone Island:

Deerfield Beach Island

Capone Island

Capone Island

Deerfield Beach Island

Capoone Island

Full moon paddle Capone Island