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Loxahatchee River
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Wind through lush cyrpress and mangrove swamps on this beautiful south Florida river.

The only river in Florida designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, the coffee-colored Loxahatchee meanders through subtropical river swamp. Bald cypress, pond apple, orchid, and fern are found along the bank. You might also glimpse otter, raccoon, alligator or bobcat. Heron and osprey fly overhead, and there are almost always turtles basking in the sun. The Seminole Indians named the river "Loxahatchee," which means river of turtles. Along the trail in the state park is Trapper Nelson's cabin, an interpretive site where you can learn about this interesting character.

Mileage: 8
Skill Level: Intermediate
Difficulty: Moderate
Usual Current: Average (2-3 mph)

Notes and Precautions

There are two water control structures on the trail, but there are canoe pull-throughs.
There can be blockages and pullovers, expecially in low water. Winds, tides and power boat wakes on the last three miles to the park can make paddling difficult.


1. Riverbend Park - SR 706 1.5 miles west of Florida Turnpike at Palm Beach County Riverbend Park.
2. Johnathan Dickinson State Park - Take SR 706 east to US 1, north to park entrance. (8 miles)

There may be access points (both public and private) in addition to those listed here. Please remember that some sites require a fee for launching and/or parking.

Emergency Phone Numbers:
Jupiter Police Department-911 or 746-6201; Martin County Sheriff - 911 or 220-7000; Palm Beach County Sheriff - 911 or 688-3000.

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