Youth Fishing

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for anglers to try their luck at catching freshwater fish.


Where can I fish?

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge consists of three designated fishing areas: Headquarters, Hillsboro, and 20-Mile Bend. Numerous shallow, open marsh areas of approximately 40,000-50,000 acres are open to fishing year-round. Anglers can fish in the interior canal around the refuge, which is about 57 miles long, or fish from a fishing pier south of the Lee Road boat ramp.

What can I catch?

Anglers can catch freshwater native species that include, but are not limited to: largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, longnose gar, bluegill, and warmouth. Additionally, you might also catch these Exotic species that are present around south Florida: Mayan cichlid, butterfly peacock bass, oscar, spotted tilapia, and sailfin catfish, etc.

Rules and Regulations

Sport fishing is permitted at a level that does not adversely affect wildlife or their environment. Fishing provides recreational opportunities and permits the use of a valuable renewable resource. All recreational anglers must possess a valid Florida fishing license in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida.

For a complete listing of sport fishing and boating regulations on the refuge, please download our Fishing and Boating Regulations Brochure .

Learn More

Visit Your Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges to learn about fishing opportunities available at more that 270 national wildlife refuges across the country.