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Paddle through Cypress and back in time on the Loxahatchee river.

Jupiter, Florida


Added by Shaun, Debbi Jackson

This is the true jungle cruise. Work your way through tight turns under a canopy of Cypress on this natural flowing river that was once the home of native Tequesta indians. Paddle to the second dam and back again, or continue on to the wildness of Trapper Nelsons camp, then finish in Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

The river run starts at Riverbend Park in Jupiter Florida. There is a canoe and kayak rental in the park Canoe outfitters of Florida. You can also paddleboard but beware, there are many downed trees that make navigation with a fin difficult. Check the map before leaving the launch site , there are a few turns before you reach the Loxahatchee but it is not difficult. Once you are in the Cypress there is really no way to get lost. There are two small log dams where you must portage, most who choose to return to Riverbed Park do so at the second dam. Beyond this point for several miles you will find very few people. The river seems to tighten and flow faster until you come upon the historical camp of Trapper Nelson. This is a great place to take a break, wander around and think about what it was like to live here so many years ago. Here the river widens as it meets the brackish tidal waters that lead you to the take out point near the swim area in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. To get this full river experience you will have to leave a car at this end as there are no shuttles currently running. The full run is around 8 miles.

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