There are a number of lakes and ponds in Jupiter and the surrounding areas that permit canoeing and kayaking. The bright blue skies, moderate temperatures, and gentle breezes make this recreation in Jupiter a year-round pleasure.
Our waterways are a haven for bird watchers. Several varieties of birds including great blue herons, hawks, ospreys, spoonbills, brown pelicans, egrets and seagulls are a common site.
The best and most interesting place to canoe or kayak is the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1985. Try to avoid busy summer weekends when the river becomes a bit too popular.
Alligators are a common sight. Smaller gators may jump into the water out of fear when they see a kayak. Mating season is typically mid-April through May. During this season, the male alligators become more aggressive and territorial, so be a little extra careful. Baby gators hatch typically in September. Their protective mothers may be nearby, so again, take extra care. But enjoy these primitive creatures when you see them.
Along the trail you will see a couple of waterfalls. Both falls have decks beside them with steps for those that would rather portage around the falls. Though some use these decks to carry their boats back upstream and go over the falls again and again.
Make sure to visit Trapper Nelson on your trip. This is part of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The site was the home of a trapper that lived there from 1936 for 38 years until his mysterious death. There are picnic tables, restrooms, and his preserved homes and grounds. Trapper Nelson's marks the beginning of the tidal estuary. You'll see the nature of the river change considerably as you enter salt water. It will broaden and majestic, knurly trees will appear on the banks. In this area, you'll probably see more birds such as ospreys and sea birds.