KAYAK – to kayak or canoe is very popular on local waterways. Jupiter and Tequesta are located on the Loxahatchee River by Jupiter Inlet. The Loxahatchee River is one of only two nationally recognized Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida. The second one is Wekiva River in Central Florida – north of Orlando.
There are both public and private places to launch kayaks along the Loxahatchee River. Waterfront communities like Tequesta Country Club have neighborhood launch locations for kayaking. Kayakers also enjoy the turquoise waters of the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean. The average water temperature is around 85° F (26° C).
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Tequesta/Hobe Sound– Located on the north end of the Loxahatchee River and accessible from the water or by car from US1 in Tequesta. Follow the mangrove up the river to see wildlife such as alligators, deer, bobcat, coyotes, wild boar, manatees, turtles, tortoises, herons, egrets, ospreys, bald eagles and fish. Trapper Nelson’s cabin is along this fork of the river with picnic tables and restrooms.
Riverbend Park, Jupiter – Located west of I-95 & Florida Turnpike at Indiantown Road. Canoe and kayak outfitters onsite. Famous for the thrilling ride over the Masten Dam. Onsite outfitters rent canoes and kayaks but are closed Tuesday & Wednesdays. The most popular trip from River Bend is a 2.5-3.5 miles trip (3-4 hours) called the Cypress Canopy. No swimming allowed. If you prefer you can rent biked and go biking along the Riverbend Park trails.
Intracoastal (ICW), Jupiter/Tequesta – Jupiter Lighthouse Park, US1 in Tequesta and Coral Cove Park on Jupiter Island are public launch sites to access Jupiter Inlet and Intracoastal sandbars.
Jupiter – Tequesta Kayak Rentals and Tours –
Jupiter Outdoor Center – (Jupiter Inlet) (561)747-0063 – 1116 Love Street, Jupiter, FL 33477
Beach Water Sports – (Intracoastal) (561)745-6900 – 17967 SE Federal Hwy, Tequesta, FL 33469
Jupiter Pointe Paddling – (Intracoastal) (561)746-6691 – 18701 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta, FLL 33469
Canoe Outfitters of Florida (Riverbend Park, Loxahatchee River & Jonathan Dickinson State Park) – (561)746-7053 – Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
More Palm Beach County Kayak and Canoe Areas –
Bert Winters Park, Juno Beach / Burt Reynolds Park, Jupiter / Dyer Park, West Palm Beach / Jim Barry Light Harbor Park, Riviera Beach / John Prince Park, Lake Worth / John Stretch Park, Lake Harbor / Juno Park, Juno Beach / Lake Ida Park, Delray Beach / Ocean Inlet Park, Ocean Ridge / Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach / Paul Rardin Park, Pahokee / Peanut Island Park, Riviera Beach / Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach / South Bay RV Park, South Bay /
Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, West Boca Raton / Stub Canal Park, West Palm Beach/ West Delray Regional Park, Delray Beach
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