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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge


Aerial photo of refuge interior tree islands during the wet season .
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL   33437
E-mail: loxahatchee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 561-732-3684
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/loxahatchee/
Aerial photo of refuge interior tree islands during the wet season .
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education The environmental education and outreach program showcases the northern Everglades ecology and human influence on the southeast Florida ecosystem. By calling 561-734-3684 at least two weeks prior, staff can assist educators in booking field trips, preparing the curriculum, and ensuring an educational fee waiver

Fishing
Sport fishing is permitted in A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to provide wholesome recreational opportunities and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. Common species include largemouth bass, brim, crappie, and speckled perch. Boat ramps and bank fishing are available at both the Headquarters and Hillsboro Recreational areas. Fishing and boating are permitted only in designated public use areas and the rim canal. Fishing is prohibited within Management Compartment "C". Airboats, jet skis, wave runners, go-devils, and hovercraft are prohibited, and motorized vessels are prohibited on the canoe trail.

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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 1.

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, or view online at http://loxahatchee.fws.gov.

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
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 dikes that provide dry paths for visitors to observe and 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.

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Hours
Visitor Center Open daily between the months of November and April. Closed on Monday and Tuesday between the months of May and November. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Outdoor facilities/Grounds/Trails Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Exact hours are posted at both the Headquarters and Hillsboro Recreation 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 and Hillsboro 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 ($65); 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).


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

Use Fees
None required, but see above.
 
 
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