Visitor Activities

Woodstork perched in a cypress tree

Stop by our visitor center to learn about hiking, biking, wildlife observation, photography, hunting, fishing and other great recreational opportunities on the refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Visitors with cameras taking photos

    Stop by the visitor center on your next visit to learn about recent wildlife sightings. The refuge's 145,188 acres provide habitat and protection for many species of wildlife. More than 250 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of butterflies, and 20 types of mammals are found on the refuge.

    Visitors might catch a glimpse of endangered and threatened species such as the wood stork and snail kite while looking for migratory songbirds, secretive marsh birds, shorebirds, and waterfowl that visit throughout the year. Year-round residents include pileated woodpeckers, alligators, herons, egrets, and bobcats.

    Check out the eBird Trail Tracker for recent bird sightings on the refuge.

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  • Hunting

    Hunting in the wet prairie

    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 national wildlife refuges whose objective is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection for wildlife. Hunting is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource.

    Waterfowl and alligator hunting opportunities are available on the refuge in season.

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  • Special Events

    Mascots waving hello during Everglades Day

    Special events are hosted throughout the year. To find out more information please contact the visitor center at (561) 734-8303.

    Everglades Day Festival - 2nd Saturday in February
    International Migratory Bird Day - 2nd Saturday in May
    Kid's Fishing Day - 2nd Saturday in June
    National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 28, 2019
    National Wildlife Refuge Week - 2nd week of October

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  • Photography

    Man and woman on a bench watching for wildlife

    Whether you use a digital camera or your cell phone, the refuge offers visitors of all skill levels opportunities to photograph wildlife in their natural setting. Visitors can enjoy taking photos along walking and canoe trails, observation platforms at the Marsh Trail and boat ramp, a photo blind on the Marsh Trail, and many places in between. The Cypress Swamp Boardwalk meanders through the largest cypress stand remaining in the northern Everglades, rich with beautiful plants and native wildlife to photograph.

    Have you already taken photos at the refuge? Check out the refuge’s Photo Contest!

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  • Fishing


    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for anglers to try their luck at catching freshwater fish like largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, longnose gar, bluegill, and warmouth.

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  • Interpretive Programs

    Visitors participating in a guided hike

    There are a variety of interpretive programs offered to the public throughout the year. These programs range from guided hikes to audiovisual presentations and more.

    Note Please contact refuge staff at least 30 days in advance to make a reservation. Groups larger than (5) individuals will need to fill out a Special Use Permit for instructor-led groups and guided tours. Reservations allow staff to avoid conflicts between other groups and resource management activities, and to arrange logistics for those groups requesting services.

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  • Boating

    Canoe Trail at Loxahatchee

    The refuge is a popular location for boating. Canoes and kayaks are permitted on the 5.5-mile canoe trail, in the perimeter canal, and in the designated public use area at the southern end of the Refuge. Water-cooled motor boats may launch at any of the three designated boat launches: Headquarters Area (Boynton Beach), Hillsboro Area (Boca Raton), or 20-Mile Bend (West Palm Beach) and are permitted in the perimeter canal and in the designated public use area at the southern end of the Refuge.