Visitor Activities

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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


    The refuge's 143,954 acres provide habitat and protection for many species of wildlife which include as many as 257 species of birds, 23 types of mammals, at least 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and approximately 40 species of butterflies can be 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.

    Wildlife viewing varies throughout the year and is best during the early morning or evening. Points of interest, trails, viewing blinds, and observation platforms have been developed to encourage and enhance wildlife viewing. The refuge maintains ten impounded wetlands with walking trails accessible from the Marsh Trail parking lot. In these impounded wetlands, water levels are manipulated to encourage different species of birds to feed and nest. All of these wetlands are surrounded by levees that provide paths for visitors to observe and photograph birds and other wildlife in a natural setting.

  • Hunting


    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


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

    Everglades Day - 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


    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


    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 one month in advance to make a reservation for guided tours of groups larger than five (5) individuals. 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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