Kayak trip on the
Here is a satellite image from Google Earth showing the area of the Loxahatchee River with the Jupiter Inlet all the way East and the start of the trail at the RiverBend Park at the bottom left:
The following report gives some impressions of paddling this river.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
the last weekend of the year 2006 Jill and I decided to go Kayaking. We chose the
Next to the parking lot there is a little shop and a rental facility for canoes and kayaks. Jill had called in earlier today to make a reservation. So we got two single kayaks for the afternoon on the river.
Soon we are paddeling down the small river, which looks more like a canal here at its beginnings.
The vegetation surrounding the river is quite dense and the entire scenery is a bit surreal – definitely unexpected given the many communities and wide open spaces all around.
Soon we pass one small “rapid”, i.e. a 2 foot step in the river. When going back, we will have to portage this step, that is we get out of the kayak, pull it out over a little bridge, and put in again on the top.
There are plenty of visitors on the river, which makes for an occasional interesting crossing or a waiting to let others pass. We also see a 6 foot alligator on the banks of the river.
It is a bit disorientating not to see where you’re headed, but the river meanders on and there is always another bend ahead.
At one point a large fallen tree lays across the river.
Right behind it the river winds narrowly between two tree trunks.
Shortly thereafter there is another little rapid in the river.
And this is how you get back up in the other direction:
continue on until we pass underneath the Turnpike and I-95 highways. This is
about 3 miles of the trail. If you carry on, after 8 miles you get to the
After the above section there is one more step where we need to portage. There another paddler takes a picture of both of us on the water:
we’re back at the