Refuge Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Fees for Camping and Airboating

By offering new camping and expanded boating opportunities, we hope to expose more of our neighboring communities to the biodiversity of the Everglades ecosystem, the beauty of nature, and the unique setting of Loxahatchee within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Camping and airboat opportunities are two new recreational uses that were approved in the Refuge’s 2019 Visitor Services Plan.

Overnight camping provides unique opportunities to see and hear nocturnal wildlife and observe the night sky away from the nearby urban lights. All campsites will provide a primitive, backcountry experience and will be accessible by foot, bike, or boat.

Airboating opportunities will provide visitors access to designated areas for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, education, and more.

To help facilitate these uses and offset costs, the following fees are proposed:

    Proposed Camping Fees
    Primitive campsite: $15/night
    Platform campsite: $25/night
    Group campsite: $35/night

    Proposed Airboat Permit Fees
    Airboat Permit: $100/annually

We want to hear from you!
Submit your comments by March 2, 2021.

    By email to:

    By mail to:
    A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR
    ATTN: Rec Fees
    10216 Lee Road
    Boynton Beach, FL 33473

Read the full Information Bulletin on our News and Information page.