Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What’s so great about Florida's Loxahatchee River?

Loxahatchee River
Palm Beach and Martin Counties


Once called the Jupiter River, the Loxahatchee River flows from the Grassy Waters Preserve, west of
I-95, east to the Jupiter Inlet and out into the Atlantic Ocean. A slow, meandering river, it's the focal point of the Loxahatchee River Watershed. The watershed encompasses 260 square miles; about 63 percent remains in natural areas. Below are some interesting Loxahatchee River facts and, perhaps, reasons to visit or become involved in this river system's preservation.
  •  In 1985, it was federally designated Florida’s first Wild and Scenic River.
  • The river spans nearly 15 miles, 7.6 of it into the Northwest Fork, the segement that’s now designated a Wild and Scenic River.
  • The river is comprised of three main forks: Northwest, North and Southwest forks.
  • Much of the Wild and Scenic part runs through Jonathan Dickinson State Park, off U.S 1, and through Riverbend Park, west on Indiantown Road.  
  • Its 260 mile watershed includes Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, and Palm Beach Gardens.
  • The river encompasses several ecosystems: cypress swamp, pine uplands, pine scrub, freshwater marshes, hardwood hammock, mangrove swamp, seagrass beds, estuary and coastal dunes.
  • With 4,300 species of plants and animals, the river’s Indian River Lagoon is the most bio-diverse estuary in North America.
  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park


  • Loxahatchee River Watershed is home to threatened species, the Sandhill Crane and Peregrin Falcon, and to endangered species, the wood stork and manatee.

Source: http://www.loxahatcheeriver.org


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