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Review of Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Grab your swimsuit, pack a "water proofed" lunch complete with plenty of cold beverages, and paddle your way back in time through some of Florida's most beautiful scenary. Call ahead and reserve canoes or kayaks as needed...Jeb will fix you up at Canoe Outfitters' registration lodge located at Riverbend Park.

Whether you're an experienced local or an out-of-towner looking to cool off, this winding window of nature has something for everyone. Last Sunday, an impromtu fiesta of sorts broke out at the dam where folks had set up a rope swing above the tree canopied pool. Couldn't resist the urge and flug myself into the water while Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" blasted in the background. Great fun!

Once past the dam, things get quieter and you'll find yourself reflecting on nature's beauty. Unfortunately, the water level is low right now at various stretches of the river due to lack of rain. Be prepared for a moderate workout as you navigate logs and low spots.

Be sure to research the legend of "Trapper Nelson" beforehand. Known by some as Florida's real life Tarzan, Nelson lived nearby in the 1940's and 1950's. Can you imagine his adventures? Wow!

1  Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 12 March 2015 via mobile

I'd heard a lot of positive feedback about the river, and finally made the trip up to Jupiter. It was totally worth it. We put in at Riverbend park which is a quiet, clean place to picnic, jog, bike, or kayak.
The trip down the river was cut short because of rain, but what we experienced was amazing. There was a high water level due to the rain which made going over the dam really fun. We'll definitely be going back to make the trip to Jonathan Dickinson.

3  Thank George L
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Reviewed 11 November 2014 via mobile

The Loxahatchee River is a scenic river unspoiled by humans. Travel up or down from Jupiter Fl. To Jonathan Dickinson state Park or from Jonathan Dickinson to Jupiter, it's an unspoiled natural river. Canoe through Florida in its natural state. Stop at Trapper Nelson's homestead. The wild life and scenery is spectacular.

3  Thank Motorxdon
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

This is the best river to kayak in south Florida. Very scenic. There are two trails you can paddle, the scenic one, where you will see alligators (sometimes swimming in the water), turtles, birds, wild turkeys etc. Also there are three damps in the other trail.
Tip: If you want to come back to the park paddle only to the second dam, once you pass the 3rd one,, you wont be able to come back. Canoe outfitters offers a tours were you can paddle to Jonathan Dickinson State Park passing all dams, they will provide transportation for you back to the rental place. Also there are a few hiking trails along the river. I have paddled there twice and im thinking on going back again. Great experience, very relaxing. The indian village is the best part of the park, Very quiet and private.

Ps. The alligators are more scared of you than you of them. If you encounter any dont pay attention, just keep paddling, he will hide and leave. Do not feed them, or try yo touch them, they can get aggressive.

3  Thank Elsi2600
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

The river itself it great. Bald Cypress line the banks and the 2 dams add some "white water " feel ( Florida style). When the current flows it is fun. On weekends the "portage around the dams is crowded with party people enjoying the wildlife, making moving kayak across dam tough. But they were all friendly. Watch launching off the portage dock, if your bow gets under the water, then your in for a roll into the water. Refreshing on a hot day bringing smiles to all (I was the entertainment). About a 3 .5 hr round trip to the Interstate bridge, about 4 miles RT.
If you like to get around Florida to kayak, or your just visiting the area.....It is worth the trip and time.....just don't let the rental people give you the wrong start because they appear to be grumpy at Canoe Outfitters ( it was not just a bad day, this was confirmed by a paddler who has been going there for years). Beautiful day, beautiful river, not much wildlife but it was a holiday so lots of people on the river enjoying Old Florida

1  Thank RogerPsz
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