Alerts
Temporary Closure of A-B Impoundments Trail

A portion of the A/B Impoundments Trail will be temporarily closed this week (Sept 20-23) while we install a gate. The closed portion is close to the bus parking lot on Lee Road. This trail is still accessible from the Lee Road Boat Ramp by going north on the L-40 levee. The trail will be reopened sooner if work is completed ahead of schedule. 

Hillsboro Area Rehabilitation Project

A rehabilitation project at the Hillsboro Entrance (end of Loxahatchee Road) is in progress. Work will be managed in a way that minimizes disruptions to the public. The project involves installing an underground drainage system to prevent ponding in the parking area, and filling and leveling the parking area and levee road. Half of the parking lot and one set of boat ramps will remain open except for occasional brief interruptions. Concessions at Loxahatchee Adventures will remain open during construction.

Closure Alert: Wildlife Viewing Blind on Marsh Trail

The wildlife viewing blind on the Marsh Trail is closed for maintenance. It will be closed for several weeks as we rebuild the boardwalk leading to the blind. Estimated reopening is mid- to late September.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the nation with more than 145,000 acres of land where visitors can reconnect with nature.
Announcements
Airboat Permits for Hunting

If you have been drawn by FWC for the A.R.M. Loxahatchee Interior Deer/Hog Hunting Permit or the A.R.M. Loxahatchee Duck and Coot Airboat Use and wish to use an airboat while hunting, please visit our Hunting and Motorized Boating pages to learn more. 

We’re Hiring!

We are hiring a Park Ranger Technician/Fee Collector through the Experienced Services Program (ESP). The ESP was established by congress to provide job opportunities for Americans age 55 and older. The target date to start work is October 2022. Visit the National Experienced Workforce Solutions website for position details and to apply.

Recruiting Youth for the Mentored Youth Deer and Hog Hunt

Do you know a youth between the ages of 12-17 who would like to experience a safe and educational mentored deer hunt? We are partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Youth Hunting Program of Florida to provide an opportunity for new youth hunters. We will be hosting the Mentored Youth Deer and Hog Hunt on Dec. 2-4, 2022 at the refuge. The hunt weekend will teach youth marksmanship and firearm safety, tracking and processing game, how to hunt safely, legally, and ethically, and the relationship between hunting and conservation. Youth will have to show proof of completing their Hunter Safety Course and will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Learn more about the hunt by visiting our Hunting page

Visit Us

Visitors to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge can experience the Florida Everglades just miles from the busy noise and traffic of city life. National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.

A visit to a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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 is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and discover a new place. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, boatingcanoeing, hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, birding, or watching wildlife, a visit to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to explore nature.

Fees: $10/daily, $25/annually

Check out our Learning at Lox videos on YouTube!

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1951 and is located in Palm Beach County, Florida.

      The refuge protects 145,188 acres, or 226 square miles, of Everglades ecosystems including a mosaic of wet prairies, sawgrass ridges, sloughs, tree islands, cattail communities, and a 400-acre cypress swamp. These lands and waters provide habitat for more than 250 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of butterflies, and 20 types of mammals.

      Tours

      Guided walks and interpretive tours are offered throughout the year by staff and volunteer naturalists. Check out our Events page for a current schedule. 

      Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Loxahatchee Adventures.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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       is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.

      Services

      Some commercial, recreational and research activities are allowed on national wildlife refuges only with a special use permit issued by the local office, and are subject to specific conditions and fees. This permit requirement is meant to ensure that all activities at the federal site are...

      The Every Kid Outdoors program allows 4th-graders to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

      Annual 4th Grade Pass

      Cost: Free, non-transferable, valid for the duration of the 4th-grade schoolyear though the following summer (September-August...

      Purchasing Federal Duck Stamps is easy! We offer a variety of methods for you to purchase the annual stamp – whether you need one for migratory bird hunting, admittance to a National Wildlife Refuge, as part of your stamp or art collection, to showcase the wildlife species, or because...

      Our Organization

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
      The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program improves lives by expanding access to green space, education and outdoor recreation for Americans living in and around cities. Program members work to clear social and historical barriers and foster new connections that advance conservation and strengthen...

      Our Species

      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.

      Check out recent birds sightings on eBird and wildlife sightings on iNaturalist.

      The American alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, armored reptile that is related to crocodiles. Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body. It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth...

      FWS Focus

      The Everglade snail kite is a medium-sized hawk with a wingspan of about 45 inches, very similar to the marsh hawk but without wavering, tilting flight. The beak is slender and very hooked. The adult males are slate gray with black head and wing tips, a white patch at the base of a square tail,...

      FWS Focus

      Our Library

      Welcome to our digital library of refuge documents. 

      Get Involved

      Volunteer Opportunities

      Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers across the U.S. have learned: Volunteering at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow.