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Explore The Loxahatchee River with a Rental
The Loxahatchee River is a beautiful wild and scenic river. Along the river is a wide diversity of plant life including both tropical and temperate vegetation. Wildlife abounds around you as you paddle along. The narrow winding tea-colored waters are canopied along most of the river by majestic cypress trees offering paddlers a shady, unique and sometimes challenging experience.
The Loxahatchee flows through several different freshwater and saltwater habitats, each supporting a wide variety of wildlife. Along the banks, it’s common to see alligators, turtles, river otters, deer, raccoon, turkey, bald eagles, owls, heron, ibis, egrets, gopher tortoise, osprey, storks, scrub jay and many other species. Some of the more common types of fish include bass, panfish, mullet, snook, tarpon, redfish and jacks.
There is no better way to enjoy a view of what Jupiter has to offer than to rent a kayak and venture into these pristine environments on your own adventure! Whether exploring down river or in the lakes inside Riverbend park the Jupiter Outdoor Center can get you into the watercraft of your choice and give you the proper safety gear and guidance to assure you have a great time on the water.
We recommend planning for at least a minimum of 2 hours for a river trip.
Its about 3-4 hours for a round trip to the 2nd dam area and back with time for a few stops.
Plan to take your time and not rush. Remember you will be paddling back against some current so give your self plenty of time.
Hey Pedal Pushers! Come to Canoe Rentals at the Park for some great biking. At the Park it’s easy to spend a few hours or even an entire day riding the trails. We have fifteen miles of hard-packed shell trail on the east side of the Loxahatchee River and another two or three miles on the west, all for your enjoyment. Your trip should start at Canoe Rentals at the Park where we can rent you a bike.
From the Canoe Rentals parking lot, you’ll enter the park via the trail head nearest to the canoe and kayak launch. Nearby is a chickee. No, not a small domestic bird, a chickee is the Cheek/Seminole word for a thatch-covered hut supported by posts. This chickee has maps and information on trails at the park. The trail where the chickee is located is called the “Hunt Camp Trail”, which will take you to Reeses Boulevard toward the back section of the park, some two miles away. Most all of the other biking trails meet up with Reeses Boulevard at some point.
Bikes are a good way to visit the park since you can get to several popular areas quickly and easily. You should make it a point to checkout the Farmstead or the Seminole Village. You are also only a few minutes away from Cow Pen Lake and the many picnic shelters that surround the shoreline. Animals that you are likely to encounter include many different species of birds, raccoons, a bunch of squirrels, perhaps even deer or for early morning or late in the day riders, a bobcat. Watch for alligators near any place that has water.
15 miles on east side of river,
2 to 3 miles on west side
Hard-packed shell rock, some pavement
Rental Bike Type:
Mostly single-speed beach cruisers. Good condition.
Start: Canoe Rentals at the Park.
Effort: Mostly flat, some trails exposed to sun
From your bike you’ll get a view of how Florida looked in years past. Other than convenient trails and the covered chickees, not much has changed at the Park. Some of the original Indian River orange groves still stand as they did a hundred years ago. The remains of a bridge built across the Loxahatchee River by the military in the 1800’s is near the river walk. Why don’t you come out to the Park, grab a bike and spend the day exploring? You’ll have a great time.