Canoe Outfitters of Florida

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Run


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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Are you ready for a wild and scenic kayak or canoe trip? Canoe Outfitters of Florida has it!

Experience one of the best runs in the State as you paddle the Loxahatchee River between Riverbend Park and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. This 8.5 mile section of slow flowing river was federally designated as a "Wild and Scenic River" in 1985. It covers 10 major freshwater and saltwater habitats providing food and homes for a wide variety of wildlife.

All trips start at Canoe Outfitters at Riverbend Park. Before leaving on your kayak or canoe adventure be sure to stock up on water and snacks as the trip will take you 5 to 6 hours to complete.

From Canoe Outfitters you'll head downstream and pass through the beautiful Cypress Canopy. Cypress trees hundreds of years old give refuge to many endangered species of wildlife. Otters, turtles, alligators, and birds of great variety are just some of the wildlife you can observe in this section.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Most of the river is shallow, less than 10 feet, and depending upon recent weather, there may be trees down in the water which require you to go around, go over or under.

Along the way you'll encounter two dams crossing the river and may require getting out and using the kayak and canoe pullovers to continue downriver. Scout these structures before attempting to cross the dams. The second dam is a popular break area with simple restroom facilities located down a short path.

Trapper Nelson's cabin is another great place to take a break. See a history on Trapper Nelson and his unique homestead. Here you will find covered picnic tables, restrooms, water and vending machines for your convenience.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

 JDSP Trip Info

Length: 8.5 Miles

Time: 5 to 7 hours.

Start: Canoe Outfitters at Riverbend Park. Begin trip before 10am.

End: Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Return transportation provided at 4:00pm.

Effort: Moderate to difficult effort required. Pulling canoe over fallen trees may be necessary.

Map: Download PDF or JPG

Cost:                                     Single Kayak:              $55.00
Canoe or Dbl Kayak: $65.00
Canoe with 3 people: $75.00


Above prices include 6% Florida sales tax and $2/person admission to JDSP.

A deposit of $100.00 per boat or credit card imprint required at check-in. Rates are subject to change without notice.

It is our pleasure to allow children under 12 to accompany their parents for free.

Please note:
Pickup time is approximate and may vary based upon weather and number of people. 

This trip is available Saturday and Sunday from September to May and reservations are required. Due to very limited availability for this trip, a nonrefundable Reservation Fee of $10/boat will be collected at the time of the reservation. Each reserved boat that is actually rented, will receive a $10 credit. Reservation fees for unused boats are forfeited, even if advance cancellation notice is given. 

Sorry, swimming in the river is not allowed.

Below Trapper Nelson's cabin the river is tidally influenced and widens considerably and you're likely to encounter motorboats. Be sure to give them a wide berth when passing. As you continue past Trapper Nelson's, the river changes character from Cypress Swamp to Mangrove Estuary. Spotting an osprey, bald eagle, or occasional manatee will put the finishing touch on your unique and memorable journey.

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