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About the Loxahatchee River

The Loxahatchee River Watershed has a wide variety of habitats and is home to many rare and endangered species, such as the manatee and woodstork. This 260 square mile ecosystem includes the communities of Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Jupiter Island, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter Farms, Hobe Sound and Palm Beach Gardens.

One of Florida's most unique treasures, the Loxahatchee River meanders through freshwater creeks, down into a brackish estuary, and finally empties through the Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. Journey back in time as you boat, canoe, or hike this Wild and Scenic River, and discover this gem for yourself.

River Facts

  • 10 major freshwater and saltwater habitats provide homes for a wide variety of wildlife.
  • It is a peaceful, slow flowing river.
  • Federally designated as a "Wild and Scenic River" in 1985. There are only two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida.
  • Large amounts of natural areas are still intact and publicly owned. Nine miles of the Loxahatchee River, including the Wild and Scenic portion, flow through Riverbend Park (west on Indiantown Road) and Jonathan Dickinson State Park (U.S. Highway 1 - South of Hobe Sound).

The river itself has three main forks that flow to the central embayment area before heading out the Jupiter Inlet. The Northwest Fork of the river is Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River. Once this slow moving river reaches the central embayment, the water becomes brackish, part freshwater and part saltwater, as it mixes with incoming tides from the Jupiter Inlet.

Map of the River

River Statistics

Watershed Area = 260 square miles
Natural Area = 63%

Major Habitats:
Cypress swamp
Pine Uplands and Scrub
Freshwater Marshes
Hardwood Hammock
Mangrove swamp
Seagrass beds
Oyster reefs or beds
Estuary (Lagoons and Inlets)
Coastal Dunes

Threatened Species:
Sandhill Crane
Peregrine Falcon

Endangered Species:
Wood stork

Manatee

Common Species:
Bird: Blue Heron, Egret, Osprey, Ibis

Plant: Cypress trees, Mangroves, Ferns, Seagrape, Cabbage Palm, Slash Pine, Gumbo Limbo

Fish: Snook, Snapper, Bass, Tarpon, Red Fish, Jacks

"The federal government has recognized its importance; the state of Florida has, the local community has." - Florida Senator, Ken Pruitt

Loxahatchee River Journey

Click below to launch our interactive journey down the Loxahatchee.


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The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament
Latest photos added: The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament.
What's New
River Center Jr. Angler Tournament 2016
Join us for our 3rd annual Jr. Angler Fishing Tournament hosted by the River Center. The Tournament begins June 3rd and ends July 16th. Anglers must photograph the fish they catch and then submit their catch logs and photos. The contest awards points not only for the number of fish caught, but also for the number of different species represented in the submissions. The more fish you catch and the more species you catch, the better your chances are to win fantastic prizes! This Tournament is open to anyone between the ages 5 and 17 but registration is required before submitted photographs can be awarded points. Register online now or pick up a registration packet at the River Center. A registration fee of $25 per angler includes a t-shirt and an invitation to the "Tournament Fish Fry" where the winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Saturday, July 23rd at noon.
Night on the Loxahatchee-Shipwrecked in Paradise
Night on the Loxahatchee, the annual benefit for the River Center, will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shipwrecked in Paradise." The proceeds raised from this event will help fund the outstanding environmental education programming the River Center offers to all ages throughout the year.Traditional hallmarks of this event include raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction with fabulous prizes from local businesses and are enhanced by the incorporation of fascinating expert speakers, engaging storytellers, and other unique entertainment. Tickets to Night on the Loxahatchee are $60 per person with $10 discount for members of Friends of the Loxahatchee River. {Limit 2 tickets at discounted rate per membership} . Tickets $70 after March 22, 2015. For information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, the River Center, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 561-743-7123.
Events Calendar
July 27, 2016
Aquatic Adventure Summer Camp Nature Navigators (campers entering 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade)
June 3, 2016
River Center's Kids Fishing Tournament
June 2, 2016
Special Story Time
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