Parks & Recreation

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Marine Services Division
5815 Driftwood Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904

Phone: 239-574-0809
Fax: 239-542-5329

Boat Ramps / Parking

Cape Coral's boat trailer parking program was established to help reduce an abundance of boat ramp traffic and provide funding for additional security and future ramp improvements to better service area boaters. This program requires boaters to pay a $10 daily fee to park their boat trailers at Cape Coral's five improved boat ramp locations while they are out on the water. As another option, Cape Coral residents may purchase an annual decal for only $50 (+ tax) allowing them to park their boat trailers as many times as they wish over the course of the year. There is also a provision for commercial Cape Coral businesses to purchase annual decals for $100 (+ tax) each. The provision applies to for-profit businesses, based in Cape Coral, which provide guide services, boat trips, construction, and other services on the water.

passport parking signThe City launched a new technology on June 15, 2015 that allows users to pay for boat trailer parking from their mobile phones. Through its partnership with Passport, the leading provider of mobile payments in parking and transit, drivers are able to pay to park from their smartphone, tablet, or computer using a modern “app” technology without having to go to the meter at all. The Cape Coral locations that have implemented the new payment system include the Yacht Club Boat Ramp, Rosen Park Boat Ramp, Horton Park Boat Ramp, BMX Boat Ramp and Burnt Store Boat Ramp.

The Passport Parking app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Parkers can also manage their parking through the Passport mobile web application, which is accessible from any device with an internet connection.

If a parker does not have a smartphone, a local phone number can be found on signage located at the boat ramps in order for users to call and register. Boaters using the Passport Parking app are reminded to enter the tow vehicle license plate number and not the trailer plate number when entering payment information. While the new Passport program is the primary payment method, the old envelope system will continue to be available “just in case” and will be authorized for use by those who are not smart phone savvy and checked by enforcement on a daily basis.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: When using the iPhone app or internet site to pay for boat trailer parking, please be sure to pay BEFORE parking.

Cape Coral Park Rangers & Law Enforcement personnel patrol the five park locations daily and must issue violation tickets to any vehicles/trailers that do not pay the daily fee or have a current resident or commercial decal.

pr outdoor boat parkingBoaters who wish to go out on the water for more than the normal 24 hours should contact the Harbor Master / Marine Services Division at the Cape Coral Yacht Basin (239-574-0809) in advance of their journey. The Harbor Master will collect $10 for each additional 24 hour period and provide a special permit to place in the vehicle window. This permit alerts Law Enforcement that the vessel is still out. When boaters are out for longer than the normal period or time previously arranged, the coast guard may be notified for the boater’s safety.

Annual parking decals are only available to Cape Coral residents and Cape Coral based businesses, and they are valid one year from the date of purchase. They may be purchased at the Parks & Recreation counter in City Hall (239-573-3128), or at the front counter of the Yacht Club Ballroom with cash, check, or credit card.

  • Drivers license and vehicle registration
  • Proof of Cape Coral residency (i.e. local utility bill) w/ corresponding name address on it.

Cape Coral’s five improved boat ramps include the Yacht Club Boat Ramp, located within the Yacht Club Community Park, Burnt Store Boat Ramp, located just north of Pine Island Road on Burnt Store Road, BMX Boat Ramp (freshwater) at the NE intersection of Skyline Blvd and Trafalgar, Horton Boat Ramp located next to the Midpoint Bridge on Everest Parkway, and Rosen Park Boat Ramp located along the Chantry Canal just east of 24th Ave.

There are also several unimproved freshwater boat ramps around Cape Coral on the canals that are open to the public and do not require a daily parking fee be paid; however, most of these locations are unpaved and do not have restrooms or other amenities located on site. Please practice caution when using these unimproved boat ramps.

Click here to view a map of all public boat ramp locations in Cape Coral

For additional information about the Boat Trailer Parking Program or for boater assistance, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department (239) 573-3128.