Visitors to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge can experience the Florida Everglades just miles from the busy noise and traffic of city life. The refuge's 145,188 acres of land and water protect an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Important refuge ecosystems include wet prairies, sawgrass ridges, sloughs, tree islands, cattail communities, and a 400-acre cypress swamp - the largest intact cypress habitat remaining in the eastern Everglades.
More than 250 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of butterflies, and 20 types of mammals are found on the refuge. Visitors frequently see alligators, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and a variety of bird-life including sandhill cranes, pileated woodpeckers, herons, egrets, wood storks and the federally endangered snail kite.
Visitors enjoy opportunities for naturalist-led guided walks and interpretive tours, hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife and nature photography, canoe and kayak rental, paddling trails, and almost 50 miles of multi-use trails that are available for walking, biking, and horseback riding.
The refuge accepts this pass at all three entrances:
Headquarters Area in Boynton Beach, FL: The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving Days. Visitors enjoy walking the 0.4-mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, hiking and biking miles of flat levee trails, and viewing wildlife from observation towers and photo blinds. Paddlers rent canoes and kayaks to paddle the 5.5-mile canoe trail. Anglers bank fish in the impoundments, launch boats to fish in the 58-mile perimeter canal, or fish from a pier near the boat ramps. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center and a portable restroom is available near the boat ramps.
Hillsboro Area in Parkland, FL: This is a popular area for fishing with access to the perimeter levee trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Anglers can fish from the bank or launch a boat to fish in the perimeter canal and deeper waters on the southern end of the refuge interior. A portable restroom is available near the boat ramp parking lot.
20 Mile Bend Area in Loxahatchee, FL: A popular area for fishing. Anglers can launch boats to fish in the perimeter canal, bank fish, or fish from a pier. A portable restroom is available near the boat ramp parking lot.
This pass is only valid for entrance fees at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
All refuge visitors are required to pay an entrance fee with the following exceptions: Entrance fees are waived for visitors entering the refuge on foot, bicycle, or horseback; or if the visitor is in possession of a current and signed Federal Duck Stamp or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass.
This pass admits the pass-holder and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle.
Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass or digital pass on your mobile device.
Print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit as cellular service may be limited.
Separate fees apply for concessionaire operated tours and rentals.
Refuge hours: The Headquarters Entrance is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. The remainder of the refuge is open 24 hours.
Passes are non-transferable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.