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“Girls Gone Wild: Kayaking”

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the Visitor Center you can take a virtual airboat ride, listen to night sounds of the Everglades and explore a gator hole - all without getting wet! Behind the Visitor Center you can explore the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, a 0.4-mile trail that loops through towering cypress trees, pond apple trees, ferns and other flora of the swamp.Then relax in the nearby Butterfly Garden, or head across the road to the Marsh Trail. The 0.8-mile Marsh Trail is one of several walking trails along the grass levees that encircle impoundment areas, where different water levels provide habitat for various types of wading birds and other wildlife. Bring your camera and binoculars! You might see an endangered Wood Stork or Snail Kite, or any of 270 other species of birds. While walking the trails, look for tracks in the soft sand. Common tracks include those of bobcats, otters, alligators, raccoons, armadillos and birds.See the Everglades up close and personal in a canoe or kayak on the 5.5-mile Canoe Trail! Or enjoy the view from the levee as you ride along the 12-mile Bike Trail alongside the main canal. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. Try your luck fishing from the pier for largemouth bass, bluegill and bullhead catfish. Boating and sport fishing are also allowed in the main canal. State regulations for fishing licenses apply. Airboats are not allowed on the Refuge, but Loxahatchee Everglades Tours operates just south of the Refuge. Guided bird and nature walks and canoe trips take place on a regular basis. Ranger-led school tours are available by appointment.
Reviewed 25 April 2014

After being averted from another location due to low water levels, we headed to Loxahatchee. It only cost $25 for a full day kayak rental. They even placed a towel on the seat for us. Nice touch! We put in at 10:30 and took a leisurely paddle on what was a breezy, gorgeous SoFla day. My only disappointment was not seeing many birds though we did encounter a handful of gators. In fact, halfway through our trek, we encountered mating gators in all their grunting glory, so we had to turn around and head back. All in all, great trip with lots of water Lillie's along the way and great photo ops. It took us about 3.5-4 hours to paddle with a stop for lunch. Can't wait to do it again to make the full loop..

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We loved Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for the many photo opportunities of wild birds in the park.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

great place to come for a nice canoe trip and get up close to gators. Also a great place just to watch the sun go down.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

A local, neighborhood reserve, delightful walking trails, easy to walk through. Best in the morning or late afternoon when there is an abundance of birds.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

The Loxahatchee visitor center is truly not to be missed. Here you can view a film about the wildlife refuge, go on a virtual airboat ride, and view wonderful exhibits that truly explain what the wildlife refuge is about. There's a boardwalk that takes you through trees and ferns but the boardwalk at Green Cay is much more interesting. There are canoes, kayaks and bikes to rent down the road.

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