The tour took us through the full range of habitats on the Loxahatchee River, from freshwater Cypress swamps to coastal mangrove forests. The trip is billed as a 5-6 hour, 8 mile paddle with two short portages around man made wooden dams. However, our trip took quite a bit longer due to the low river level (we lost count of log jam portages after about a dozen) and frequent wildlife photo ops. We saw numerous ospreys, turtles,alligators, ibis, limpkins, egrets, barred owls, as well as a river otter and a manatee. Between the abundant wildlife and the beautiful natural scenery, this is a great trip for the nature lover who isn't afraid to get a little bit sweaty and dirty. We loved every minute of it and hope to do this trip again.
I would recommend going with a guided trip down this river (at least for first timers like ourselves), as it seemed like it would be very easy to get lost in all of the meandering side channels as the river winds its way through the swamp. This river is extremely narrow and winding, so reasonably good boat maneuvering skills are needed.
Take out: River store at Jonathan Dickinson State Park - 16450 SE Federal Hwy 1