It was the first. Before any other river in Florida, the Loxahatchee River was federally designated as a Wild and Scenic River in 1985. It meanders through freshwater creeks, down into a brackish estuary, and finally empties through the Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. Look for American alligators, West Indian manatees, turtles, an excellent variety of birds, otters, deer, and if you're really, really lucky, a Florida panther. Explore the river on your own or go on a guided tour.
Canoe Outfitters of Florida
9060 West Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL 33478
The Loxahatchee can be accessed through Riverbend Park using Canoe Outfitters of Florida, who offer self-guided canoeing and kayaking adventures.
Jupiter Outdoor Center
1000 Coastal A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
Guided tours of the Loxahatchee River are offered on Saturday mornings. The tour begins at the official River Center and concludes with a leisure trip on water.