Trapper Nelson Challenge

Trip Overview

Anyone adventurous enough to take the Trapper Nelson Challenge with JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER is paddling the path of one of Jupiter’s most mysterious residents.

Your six-hour voyage on the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park to Jonathan Dickinson State Park relives Trapper's weekly supply trip in the early 1930s. You’ll nose through ribbon-like channels. Snook, deer, great blue herons and ‘gators are regulars.

You’ll pass orchids, cypress knees and Spanish Moss to the swamp-surrounded home Trapper set up when he was just 23. Skinning ‘gators, selling furs, trapping animals, running a zoo and growing citrus kept the blue-eyed New Jersey native busy for 35 years.

The dream lived by Trapper – his real name was Vince Natuliewicz — ended in July, 1968.

A friend found Trapper's body outdoors in a picnic pavilion. There was a shotgun wound in his left chest. Trapper was 59.

What happened, and who did it, remains a Jupiter mystery.

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Safety Notes

Bring water, hat, bug repellent, sunglasses and dry bag.

Gear Notes

JOC provides water craft, vests, seats and paddles.


Guided trips dependent on water and weather condition.

Trip Details

  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Gear Rental
  • Group Rates: Upon Request

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