The Loxahatchee River (Seminole for river of turtles is a 7.6 mile river on the southeast coast of Florida. It is a National Wild and Scenic River, one of only two in the state, and received its federal designation on May 17, 1985. The river partly runs through the Jonathan Dickinson State Park.You start out in saltwater, and the further north you go, the fresher the water becomes. This gives you the opportunity to catch a wider variety of fish.The upper river is a delight to kayakers and canoeists as it zigzags through a stunningly beautiful cypress swamp. Shortly after entering Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the Loxahatchee changes abruptly as it takes on the sedate character of an estuarine mangrove swamp. Canoe docks, picnic facilities, and drinking water are available at Trapper Nelsons. Park rangers give daily presentations on the wildlife, vegetation, and lore of the Trapper Nelson site. Loxahatchee translates from Native American as Turtle River. During low water, common in winter, paddlers will have to pull their boats and longer kayaks will have difficulty maneuvering the sharp bends and fallen trees of the upper
Largemouth Bass, Redfish, Snook,and Spotted Seatrout are the main species of fish caught.