Named “lowchow” (turtle) and “hatchee” (river) by the Seminole Indians, the beautiful Loxahatchee River is an 8.5-mile waterway located near the cities of Jupiter and Hobe Sound. It is one of two National Wild and Scenic Rivers in the state, receiving the distinction in May 1985. In addition, different portions of the River and estuary are also designated as an aquatic preserve, Outstanding Florida Water and a state park.
Paddling on the Loxahatchee ranges from very easy to moderately strenuous, depending upon your skills and the weather. Particularly after tropical storms, you’re likely to encounter trees crisscrossing the water, sometimes making you go over, under and around obstacles.
The Loxahatchee starts out narrow and twisty as it meanders its way toward the Atlantic. You’ll pass through an incredible cypress swamp, complete with thousands of species of plants and animals.