The bow of a canoe on the canoe trail with the reflection of blue sky and white clouds on the water.

Non-Motorized Boating

Enjoy a relaxing day on water!

Paddling is a great way to explore the Everglades at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR.

  • You can bring and launch your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from Loxahatchee Adventures.
  • Your canoes and kayaks can be launched at any of the three boat ramps.
  • Paddlers can explore the 5.5-mile canoe trail, the perimeter canal (about 58 miles), and the Refuge Interior (over 145,000 acres). Paddlers should use extra caution when traveling in the Refuge Interior off the canoe trail. The Sign Line is a common travel way for management airboats and extra caution is necessary to prevent accidents.
  • Boating of any kind is not permitted in the A, B, and C Impoundments, Strazzulla, and those areas marked as being closed to the public.
  • All boats operating in the Refuge Interior, outside of the perimeter canal, are required to display a 10-inches by 12-inches (25 cm x 30 cm) orange flag 10-feet (3 meters) above the vessel’s waterline so that others may see you. 

 

5.5-Mile Canoe Trail

You can access the canoe trail from the Lee Road boat ramp in Boynton Beach. This trail offers a close-up view of the Everglades ecosystem, its resident alligators, wading birds, water lilies, and other wetland species. Paddlers follow a clearly marked, self-guided 5.5-mile loop with a rest station about halfway through. 

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 near 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 near Parkland, FL. Latitude/Longitude: 26.35614 -80.30005