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Visitors to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge can experience the Florida Everglades just miles from the busy noise and traffic of the city. National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. A visit to a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
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is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and discover a new place. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, or birdwatching a visit to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to explore nature.

Fees

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a federal fee area and entrance passes are required for all refuge users. Passes can be purchased in person at the visitor center from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily, seasonally at fee booths, or online at recreation.gov. Fees collected are used to directly assist with providing safe and meaningful experiences to refuge visitors.

Notes about your pass

  • Entrance fees are waived for visitors entering the refuge on foot, bicycle, or horseback.
  • The refuge accepts payment in the form of cash or a check. Make checks payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • All passes admit the pass-holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.
  • An entrance pass admits the pass-holder and fellow occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle.
  • An entrance pass is required all times of day throughout the year, except for posted fee free days (see below).
  • If you aren't greeted at the fee booth (Headquarters and Hillsboro Entrances), please purchase your daily pass at the self-pay fee station near the fee booth.
  • Remember that passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. This means that the person who signed the pass must be in the vehicle.
  • Passes marked with an asterisk (*) can be purchased online from the USGS Store and a physical pass will be mailed to you. Plan ahead, you must have the physical pass to enter the refuge.

 

Pass options:

Daily Pass - $10.00 for a vehicle. Valid only at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Daily passes may be purchased from the visitor center, self-pay stations at all three entrances, or online at recreation.gov.

Annual Pass - $25.00 for a vehicle. Valid only at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

Federal Duck Stamp - $25.00. Valid for one year, July 1 to June 30, at all National Wildlife Refuges.

Lifetime Senior Pass* - $80.00 per person age 62 or older. Also provides a 50% discount for pass owner on some expanded amenity fees such as camping. The Lifetime Senior Pass provides access to recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Annual Senior Pass* - $20.00 per person age 62 or older. Valid for 12 months from the time of purchase. Also provides a 50% discount for pass owner on some expanded amenity fees such as camping. The Annual Senior Pass provide access to recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Access Pass* - A free lifetime pass for disabled persons. Also provides a 50% discount for pass owner on some expanded amenity fees such as camping. The Access Pass provide access to recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Military Annual Pass* – A free lifetime pass available to active duty U.S. Military and dependents, Veterans, and Gold Star families.

Interagency Annual Pass* - $80.00 - valid for 12 months from the time of purchase – provide access to recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Every Kid Outdoors Pass - A free annual pass valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year though the following summer (September 1 – August 31). This pass is available for U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age). Voucher required.

Commercial Bus - $25.00 for up to 25 passengers, and $50.00 for 26 or more passengers. Please contact staff at armloxahatchee@fws.gov at least two weeks in advance to avoid conflict with other groups.

Fee Free Days

  • January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 21: Presidents’ Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Act Great American Outdoors Act
    This landmark conservation law, enacted in 2020, authorizes the use of up to $1.9 billion a year in energy development revenues for five years for needed maintenance to facilities and infrastructure in our wildlife refuges, national parks, forests, recreation areas and American Indian schools.

    Learn more about Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • October 9: National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Restrooms

Restrooms are available both inside and outside of the visitor center. Portable toilets are available at every boat ramp.

Know Before You Go

To get the most out of your visit, be sure to come prepared. View refuge regulations and check for alerts, information, and closures here on our website and our Facebook page before you visit.

Give wildlife plenty of space. Alligators, venomous snakes, biting insects, toxic plants, and sensitive habitats exist at the refuge. How close is too close to wildlife? When in doubt, use the "rule of thumb" by making a "thumbs up" signal towards an animal near you. Your thumb needs to cover the entire animal to be at a safe viewing distance. If an animal changes it's behavior, you're too close. Be aware of your surroundings, walk in the center of trails, and avoid areas with tall vegetation. Never swim anywhere on the refuge. Pets on a leash are only allowed in designated areas.

Plan for your needs. Always check the weather conditions before leaving home and dress appropriately for the day. This might include wearing a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, long pants, and walking shoes. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Activities

There is a wide variety of recreational opportunities at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you like hiking, biking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, or birdwatching, Loxahatchee has opportunities for everyone!

Trails

Almost 50 miles of walking, biking, and paddling trails exist at the refuge. Visitors will be sharing multi-use trails with hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, vehicles, and pet walkers. Please be respectful when approaching other trail users.

Pet walking is only allowed on the perimeter levee, accessible from any boat ramp parking lot. 

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Locations

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Headquarters Area (includes Visitor Center)
10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach, FL 33473

The Headquarters Area is located in Boynton Beach, FL. The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on select days and is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving Days. Visitors enjoy walking the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, access to hiking and biking miles of flat levee trails in the A, B, and C-impoundments and perimeter levee. Wildlife viewing opportunities are available along roads and trails, and from observation towers and a photo blind. Paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle the 5.5-mile canoe trail. Anglers can bank fish in the impoundments, launch boats to fish in the 58-mile perimeter canal, or fish from a pier near the boat ramps. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center and a portable restroom is available near the boat ramps.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 95 Exit 57 or Florida Turnpike (toll) Exit 86, go west on Boynton Beach Blvd. At US-441/State Rd 7, take a left. Continue about 2 miles and turn right on Lee Road. Continue to follow Lee Road. Address is 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473.

Hours
Headquarters Entrance
Year-round
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Visitor Center
Open Daily
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving and Christmas days
Closed
Administrative Office
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hillsboro Area
Parkland, FL

The Hillsboro Area is located in Parkland, FL. This is a popular area for fishing with access to the perimeter levee trails for hiking, biking, pet walking, and horseback riding. Anglers can fish from the bank or launch a boat to fish in the perimeter canal and deeper waters on the southern end of the refuge interior. A portable restroom is available near the boat ramp parking lot.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 95 Exit 42 or Florida Turnpike (toll) Exit 71, go west on FL-869/Sawgrass Expy S. Take Exit 18A and merge onto US-441 N/N State Rd 7. Turn left onto State Hwy 827/Loxahatchee Rd. Continue on Loxahatchee Rd to reach the parking lot.

Hours
Hillsboro Area Hours
Year-round
Open
20 Mile Bend Area

The 20 Mile Bend Area is located in Loxahatchee, FL. This is a popular area for fishing with access to the perimeter levee trails for hiking, biking, and pet walking. Anglers can launch boats to fish in the perimeter canal, bank fish, or fish from a pier. A portable restroom is available near the boat ramp parking lot.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 95 Exit 68 or Florida Turnpike (toll) Exit 97, go west on Southern Boulevard/FL-80/US-98. Turn left on E Canal St S. Take an immediate left at 20 Mile Bend Boat Ramp Road. Continue on 20 Mile Bend Boat Ramp Road to reach the parking lot.

Hours
20 Mile Bend Entrance
Year-round
Open