Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Boardwalk to the swamp at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Included in the 147,392 acres of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a 400-acre remnant of the old Bald Cypress swamp that used to separate the flatland pine forest to the east from the Everglades wetland habitats to the west (which is what most of this National Wildlife Refuge consists of). While some 257 species of birds frequent this area, Loxahatchee NWR is also home to the American alligator and the locally endangered Everglade Snail Kite. The property has been designated as a "gateway" site for the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Loxahatchee NWR offers a butterfly garden, observation towers, boat ramps, fishing platform, bike trail, canoe trail and several walking trails for use by the general public.
The Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open from 9 am to 4 pm, every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. There is a $5.00 entrance fee per vehicle. In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma passed through this area and damaged the administration building so severely that it was condemned and hasn't been rebuilt yet.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge area map
Photo of the viewing platform at Loxahatchee NWR courtesy of Wikipedia userid Johnskate17.
Wetland photo courtesy of Ryan Hagerty, US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Map courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service