Kayaking the Loxahatchee River By William Barzee

The Loxahatchee River offers one of the best kayaking experiences in Florida. The river’s most popular trail runs for 8 miles from Riverbend Park in Jupiter to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

If you decide to kayak the entire stretch, you should plan for an all-day affair. The trip takes somewhere between five to six hours, depending on your speed. The route can often be narrow and twisting, with some areas creating an obstacle challenge with floating logs. The overhead canopy showcases the beautiful flora of the area, lining the trail with ferns, air plants, and cypress knees and trees. Along the voyage, there is a small whitewater section, two dams, and alligators, turtles, and birds.

An eight-mile kayaking trip is not the only option on Loxahatchee River; you can choose to do smaller trips for children or beginners. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental. Depending on the time of year, it may be wise to bring a rain poncho in case of rainfall. Most importantly, bring plenty of water and some food.

About the Author: William Barzee lives in Miami, Florida, where he enjoys kayaking.

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About William Barzee

Miami native William Barzee has lived, attended school, and worked in the south Florida city his entire life. Attending Coral Gables Senior High School as a teenager, he later enrolled at the University of Miami, also in Coral Gables. During his undergraduate years, he joined various student organizations. He served as a Student Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees and spent time as the President of the student government. William Barzee’s scholastic aptitude earned him memberships in the Iron Arrow Society, the Appeals Committee, and the Honor Council. Finishing his degree at Florida International University in Miami, William Barzee earned a Bachelor of Arts and became a member of a Phi-Lambda national honors fraternity. Returning to the University of Miami at its School of Law to earn his legal degree, he supplemented his studies with a variety of services. Contributing to a national mock trial team, William Barzee also participated as a Finals Review Student Lecturer and Honor Council Student Advocate. He wrote for the University of Miami Law Review and won an American Jurisprudence Book Award before graduating cum laude. Accepting his first career position with the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, William Barzee spent over three years as a Special Assistant Public Defender and close to five years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. After a year and a half as a solo practitioner in Miami, he cofounded his criminal law practice Barzee Flores. Located at the Courthouse Center, 40 N.W. 3rd Street Penthouse 1 in Miami, Barzee Flores has represented clients in federal and state cases since 2008. For more information on Mr. Barzee and the law firm, please visit www.barzeeflores.com.
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