Boating

Lox Road Water Landscape

Boating in the Everglades
Boating is a great way to explore the habitats of the Everglades at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). We welcome canoes and kayaks on the 5.5-mile canoe trail, within the perimeter canal, and in the Refuge Interior. Water-cooled motor boats are welcome in the perimeter canal and in the Motorized Zone of the Refuge Interior. 

Airboat Permits: We allow airboats by permit only during designated times of the year. Visit our Airboating page to learn more.

Rules and Regulations
Visit our Rules and Regulations page to view refuge regulations.

Be Safe and Prepared
Boating in the waters of the Everglades is a task for the skilled boater. Outside of the main canals, treacherous passes and trails cut through banks of mud and sawgrass. Safely exploring the Refuge, while protecting sensitive Everglades habitats and wildlife, requires the ability to "read the water". Watch for wildlife and other vessels while underway. Floating vegetation and changing water levels can block canals and hide boat trails. Propeller damage is harmful to wet prairie habitats, please be careful when navigating in shallow waters. See boating map.

Know Before You Go

  • Watch for changing weather conditions.
  • Maintain your vessel and operate it responsibly.
  • Tell a relative or friend where you are going and when you should return.
  • Respect wildlife and keep your distance. Visit our wildlife viewing page to learn more.
  • Bring a GPS navigation system and know how to use it. Cell phone coverage can be sporadic and sometimes unreliable.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, a first aid kit, and an emergency light.


Boat Ramps
Lee Road Boat Ramp
The Lee Road Boat Ramps are located at the west end of Lee Road in Boynton Beach, FL.
Latitude/Longitude: 26.49838 -80.22204

20 Mile Bend Area Boat Ramps
The 20 Mile Bend Area boat ramps are located at the southern end of 20 Mile Bend Boat Ramp Road in Loxahatchee, FL. Latitude/Longitude: 26.67571 -80.38092

Hillsboro Area Boat Ramps
The Hillsboro Area boat ramps are located at the west end of Loxahatchee Road in Boca Raton, FL.
Latitude/Longitude: 26.35614 -80.30005

Canoe Trail
At the northernmost end of the Everglades, the Refuge offers paddlers a close-up view of a sensitive ecosystem, its resident alligators, and other wetland species. Paddlers follow a clearly marked, self-guided 5.5-mile loop.

Paddling Tours
Guided canoe tours are offered seasonally. View our Calendar of Events to learn more.

Rentals
Canoe rentals are available through Loxahatchee Adventures. Rental hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday through Sunday with the last launch at 3:00 pm. Visit our Partnerships page to learn more.