The Great Loxahatchee River Race...Saturday, May 17

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Get your paddles, canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards ready for the 12th annual “Great Loxahatchee River Race" on Saturday, May 17th, at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway in Hobe Sound. The weather is perfect in our area with warm sunshine and gentle breezes why not try something different?

The Loxahatchee River offers paddling enthusiasts 8.5 miles of waterway that varies greatly.  The federally designated “wild and scenic” river offers miles of beaches, rivers, lagoons and waterways to explore.  The upper portion of the northwest fork flows through Jonathan Dickenson State Park. This portion of the fork in the river flows from Riverbend Park all the way to the Boy Scout Camp.
 
The name “Loxahatchee River” in the Seminole language means, “turtle river”.  As you paddle the upper portion of the river, you will see many turtles, heron, egrets sunning themselves on the banks of the river and logs.  When paddling the river there is a slight current taking you downstream towards two dams. Jungle and swamp on both sides watch for deer, otters and other exciting creatures!  The race will have three courses to choose from a 1-mile recreational paddling loop, a 6-mile loop, and a 12-mile loop option. Register online at www.LoxRiverRace.com or call 561-718-3890.  Registration is $8 plus $2 for parking.  All participants will receive lunch (hamburgers and hot dogs); and all who register will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.  Please bring your own beverages (no alcohol permitted in Jonathans Dickenson State Park).

Registration for the Great Loxahatchee River Race” opens at 9:00am and the race begins at 10:00am. Come out for a great day of sunshine!

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