Paddling in The North Everglades -
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Distance: 5.5 miles
Location: Palm Beach County
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.
See a video on our Facebook page: Gator encounter
More information on paddling at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
The Everglades-Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge