This page contains answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Canoe Outfitters of Florida. Please call us at 561-746-7053 if you have any other questions.
→ How do I find Canoe Outfitters of Florida?
We are located on the south side of Indiantown Road (Rt 706) in Riverbend County Park; one mile west of I-95 Exit 87B and Florida Turnpike Exit 116 (Jupiter exit).
→ When are you open?
Our hours of operation are weekdays 9am to 5pm; weekends 8am to 5pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Holidays closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We're open Memorial Day and Labor Day.
→What should I expect when I arrive at Canoe Outfitters?
Fun and great service! We are located at Riverbend Park, known as "The Jewel of Palm Beach County Parks" so you know the park has excellent facilities. The Loxahatchee is one of only two national Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida and after a paddling trip on the Loxahatchee you'll agree - it's an exceptional place to go kayaking and canoeing..
→What kinds of kayak and canoe trips do you offer?
We have several different paddling trips depending on the time you have and how much you like to paddle. The Cypress Canopy tour begins and ends at Riverbend Park. It's 3 hours round-trip to Masten Dam, 4 hours to the turnpike. For a more challenging experience, the Jonathan Dickenson Park trip is about 8 miles and requires a minimum paddling time of 5 to 7 hours.
→ Do I have to wear a PFD (Life Vest) while paddling?
It is Florida state law that a child under the age of six (6) must wear a U.S.C.G. approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is underway. This includes canoes and kayaks.
We recommend adults and especially all children 12 years and under to always wear their life vest. We have life vests that will fit children weighing 30 lbs. or more. If your child weighs less than this, you must bring a life vest that will fit.
→Do you allow pets in kayaks and canoes?
No, we're sorry but Fido cannot go in our kayaks and canoes due to insurance reasons. Also no pets are allowed in Riverbend Park. Service animals are always welcome.
→What forms of payment do you take?
We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.
→What kinds of animals will I see when I go paddling?
The most common animals are fish, alligators, turtles, river otters, deer, turkey, bald eagles, owls, heron, ibis, egrets, gopher tortoise, osprey, storks, scrub jay and many other species of birds. On a very rare occasion a Florida Panther might be spotted along the Loxahatchee.
→What kinds of bikes do you rent?
Most of our bikes are "beach cruisers". They are a single speed with coaster brakes and a nice comfy seat. These bikes are easy to ride and lots of fun cruising Riverbend Park!
→What's so special about the Loxahatchee River?
The beautiful Loxahatchee (a Native American word meaning “river of turtles”) River is a wonderful place to see animals and experience wild Florida. We're located near the start of the Everglades and you'll get to paddle through canopied cypress swamps, sloughs and wet prairies. Keeping you company on Florida's first wild and scenic river will be plenty of turtles, alligators, raccoons and wading birds.
→What is Riverbend Park?
Riverbend Park is a Palm Beach County park located at 9060 Indiantown Road in Jupiter Florida. Its 1,200 acres has picnic pavilions, canoe / kayak / bike rentals and hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Open seven days a week. Public boat launch on the west side of the river. This is where Canoe Outfitters is located and your starting point for adventure!
→What is Jonathan Dickinson State Park?
Jonathan Dickenson is a Florida state park located north of us and is the terminus of our JDSP Paddling Trip. This park features several different natural environments including scrub, flatwoods, mangroves and swamps. Along the way from Riverbend Park you'll pass by the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson.
→Who was Trapper Nelson?
As you paddle from Riverbend Park to Jonathan Dickinson State Park you'll come across Trapper Nelson's place. This historic landmark on the northwest fork of the Loxahatchee River was home to one Vincent Nostokovich, AKA Trapper Nelson. A big man, standing 6 foot, 4 inches and 240 pounds, he was also known "Tarzan of the Loxahatchee River".
From the 1930s until his death in 1968, Trapper Nelson lived on the river and built his camp and zoo there. His subsistence was fishing and animals he trapped. Trapper Nelson was such a local folk icon that tourist boats from West Palm Beach would bring visitors to see the wild man in action wrestling alligators and other critters. Celebrities like Gary Cooper and Gene Tunney along with countless society heiresses visited the jungle hideaway. Trapper Nelson suffered a suspicious end to his life, which still keeps locals and tourists guessing as to what really happened. Thanks to Town of Jupiter FL for this info.