U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Southeast Region

Welcome to the official Web site of the
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

 

We are in the process of migrating to a new website. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please call us at 561-734-8303.

 

Getting Here . . . 

The refuge is located about 7 miles west of Boynton Beach, Florida. It is accessible from Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike by going west on either Boynton Beach Blvd or Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, until you reach Highway 441/State Road 7. From Boynton Beach Blvd., proceed south on Hwy 441/SR7 for two miles and turn west onto Lee Road.

Hours

  • Our Visitor Center opens daily from 9:00am-4:00pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Outdoor facilities/Grounds/Trails open daily from sunrise to sunset. Exact hours are posted at the Headquarters, Hillsboro Recreation, and 20-mile bend Area entrances. Night use is strictly prohibited.
  • Administrative Building open Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm Closed on all major federal holidays.

Entrance fees

A daily pass is required for all visitors to the Headquarters, Hillsboro, and 20-mile bend entrances. The fee for the daily pass is waived if the visitor is in possession of an annual or lifetime passport.

Commercial van or bus up to 25 passengers - $25.00; 26 or more passengers - $50.00

Annual and Lifetime Passes are available at the entrance fee booth and Visitor Center. Passes include either a current Federal Duck Stamp valid July 1 to June 30 ($15); a Golden Eagle Passport ($80); an A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Pass ($12) valid for one year from date of issue; Golden Age Passport for those 62 years of age or older ($10) or the Golden Access Passport is free for the blind or permanently disabled (proof of disability required), military annual pass is also available for free to all current active duty armed service personnel.(proof required)

Private vehicle - $5.00
Pedestrian - $1.00
Bicyclist - $1.00

 

Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas in the late fall and early winter months. All hunters must possess a valid Florida State Hunting License and Florida State Duck Stamp. In addition, all hunters must possess a valid signed Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) and a Refuge specific hunting permit. Youth hunters (under the age of 16) are only required to possess a Refuge specific hunting permit. Waterfowl hunting is allowed in accordance with state and refuge regulations, which may vary from year to year. They are outlined in the annual Refuge hunting permit, which is available each year after November 1st.
Alligator hunting is permitted in designated hunt areas by permit only. Permits are obtained by lottery drawings through the Florida Wildlife Commission website. For more information please contact the Administrative Office at 561-732-3684.

 

Interpretation

There are a variety of interpretive programs offered to the public throughout the year. These programs range from guided hikes to audiovisual presentations. To find out more information or to view calendar of events contact the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.
Special events are hosted throughout the year. For exact dates and program schedules for these events, please contact the Administrative Office at 561-732-3684. Everglades Day - 2nd Saturday in February International Migratory Bird Day - 2nd Saturday of May Kid's Fishing Day - National Fishing Week - 2nd Saturday in June National Wildlife Refuge Week - 2nd week of October.

 

Wildlife observation and photography

The refuge maintains ten impounded compartments, located south of the refuge entrance road (Lee Road), which are managed for the benefit of wildlife. In these impoundments, water levels are manipulated to encourage different species of birds to feed and nest. All of the refuge impoundments are surrounded by levees that provide dry paths for visitors to observe and to photograph the birds and other wildlife in a natural setting. One of the impoundments contains a 0.8 mile long Marsh Trail which showcases interpretive signs and an observation tower making this walk especially interesting. Located behind the Visitor Center in the cypress swamp is a 0.4 mile long boardwalk. This boardwalk takes you deep into the 400 acre cypress swamp which is the largest remaining strand of cypress swamp that historically separated the Everglades from the pine forest. Along the boardwalk, interpretive signs are posted to provide visitors with insight into what plant and animal life may be seen in the cypress swamp. You can witness such natural wonders as "swamp tea", thigmotropism, air plants, duck weed, and water spangles, while also seeing common animals such as pileated woodpeckers, marsh rabbits, and cardinals.

The refuge maintains a five and a half mile canoe trail which provides access into the northern Everglades habitat. This trail is self-guided or naturalist guided. The naturalist-guided tours appear in our calendar of events (see Interpretation/Visitor Center section for more information). Interpretive signs are posted throughout the trail and there is a floating platform half way around the canoe trail.