Canoe and Kayak Safety | FAQ | Feature Stories: Paddling Along the 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.
Notes and Precautions
There are two water control
structures on the trail, but there are canoe pull-throughs.
1. Riverbend Park - SR 706 1.5 miles west of
Florida Turnpike at Palm Beach County Riverbend Park.
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.
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