On New Year’s Day last year, we planned a group adventure to kayak the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee is one of the most scenic of south Florida waterways.
Kayak the Loxahatchee at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, located in Hobe Sound, Florida on the Loxahatchee River, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Our group rented kayaks and canoes, while other park visitors filled the seats of a sunset river cruise.
The winter months are the best time to kayak in south Florida. It was cool and comfy out on the river; I think these creatures would agree.
One of the reason’s we like to kayak the Loxahatchee is to get up close to the wildlife. You never know what you’re going to see.
Our group chose two person or tandem kayaks, but honestly, I think a single kayak is easier to handle. If only one person is doing the heavy work, then a tandem is great.
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.
Can’t think of a better way to spend a day than with family and friends.
Mapping your trip down the river
You might be wondering how to navigate your kayak on the Loxahatchee if you’re a visitor to the area. It was pretty easy.
The waterways are wide and easy to paddle. We received a map with the kayak rentals and made sure to agree to an easy path. I then stuck the map in a ziploc bag to keep dry along the way.
There were other people on the water, as well as a regularly traveling tour boat. Seeing other boaters gave us confidence we would be able to contact help if needed. We had no problems.
Happy New Year! Day 1 – A Day Well Spent.