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Paddling in The North Everglades -
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge comprises the only surviving portion of the northern Everglades, and as such is important to preserving what's left of this national treasure as well as serving as habitat for wildlife and endangered species. The Refuge includes a 12-mile bike trail along the levee, and a 5.5 mile paddling trail. The launch is one of the best we've seen, easy on and off! (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 5.5 miles
Location: Palm Beach County
Difficulty: Easy
Tidal: No
Launch point: At the refuge (off US441, ten miles west of Boynton Beach) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: At the refuge launch (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Boynton Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, The Everglades

This is truly paddling on the "river of grass," at eye level through sawgrass marsh. After leaving the launch, paddle to the fork and keep right. Follow the arrows and read the interpretative signs. During dry season, the trail may not be passable. No shade here, bring sunscreen and lots of water.

A prime birding area with over 250 species of bird, the refuge is home to the endangered snail kite. Other wildlife include alligators, deer, turtles, snakes, and various fish.

At the launch area is parking, a fishing pier, restrooms, and canoe/kayak rental Fishing is popular, and motor boats share the launch but are not allowed on the paddling trail. The Visitor Center has information about the refuge's wildlife and habitat, a boardwalk and walking trail, and features a virtual airboat ride.

Paddling in the Everglades-Loxahatchee
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Bobcat and Mudfish at the launch Launch is easy
on and off
The trail is a loop, starting here Through sawgrass marsh We let the canoers go past
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On the open prairie Gator Returning to the
launch area
Fishing pier at the launch Bike trail on levee

See more paddling trips in The Everglades

See a video on our Facebook page: Gator encounter

More information on paddling at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (opens in a new window):

- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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