New Year’s Day Kayak Trip Down the Loxahatchee

Our first day of 2015 was spent on a group kayak adventure down the Loxahatchee River, one of the most scenic of south Florida waterways.

IMG_1554South Florida has such great winters! I think these creatures would agree.

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IMG_0010IMG_0012 IMG_0003Jonathan Dickinson State Park, located in Hobe Sound, Fl, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Our group rented kayaks and canoes, while other park visitors filled the seats of a sunset river cruise. 
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The general store handles all rentals and boat tickets as well as hosts a concession stand and umbrella tables to eat riverside. A pavilion with picnic tables stands nearby with extra seating and also convenient restrooms. IMG_1690 IMG_1652

Can’t think of a better way to spend a day with family and friends

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than floating along the Loxahatchee, on a sunny south Florida new year’s day.IMG_1610 IMG_1608 IMG_1601 IMG_1585 IMG_1580 IMG_1509 IMG_1501

Hello, 2015! Day 1 – A Day Well Spent.IMG_1498

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Kayaking the Loxahatchee

Spend the day paddling the Loxhatchee at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
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What a majestic day and only $15 per kayak rental and 2 hour self guided tour of the Loxahatchee, one of Florida’s most scenic rivers.
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We chose our kayaks, strapped on our life jackets, studied the map and off we went! I highly suggest you bring a ziploc to put the map they give you in to keep dry.

There aren’t many turns to get lost on, but you can get turned around a bit, there are no street signs : ) You are on your own for this trip and that’s part of the excitement as are the gators snorting at you a few feet away from your boat and the Osprey diving for fish around you.

After our paddle we had a picnic lunch under the covered pavilion with picnic tables and a bathroom nearby. We then drove out to the entrance and parked the car and hiked up the Hobe Mountain Tower, the highest natural peak in south Florida (not that high, lol but still scenic.)
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The park has a lot to offer with boat tours, bike paths, and full camping facilities, but paddling the Loxahatchee was what made it a day well spent.
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