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The Outstanding Loxahatchee River

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 3:13pm.

Take a guided tour through the wild and scenic Loxahatchee River and come across a rich diversity of wildlife, history, and nature. The Loxahatchee River tour starts out narrow and twisty as it meanders its way downstream from Riverbend Park toward the Atlantic Ocean.   The wild and scenic Loxahatchee River is a 7.6-mile-long river that flows out of the Jupiter Inlet and into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. The Loxahatchee River is known for its famous Cypress Forest which creates a canopy that creates a feeling like you are in another world.  

The river, named “lowchow” (turtle) and “hatchee” (river) by the Seminole Indians, is one of two nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida. The designation was issued on May 17, 1985. Portions of the river are kept as an aquatic preserve known as Outstanding Florida Water and a state park.

On the scenic tour, you will pass through remarkable cypress swamps, calm white sand areas, and its chock full of thousands of species of plants and animals. The informative tour is shaded by a beautiful canopy of cypress trees. Currents and water levels vary with the seasons and make every tour different.

To tour the Loxahatchee River, bookings are available out of Riverbend Park. The Loxahatchee River may be Southeast Florida’s best kayaking river and makes a great place for an array of canoe and paddling outings. The round-trip tour lasts approximately 2 hours from Riverbend Park down the river, depending on water and weather conditions.  For more information, please visit Riverbend Park.



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