Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve is one of the main preserves for bird watchers and photographers. It's a lot like The Viera Wetlands in looks but you don't drive most of it. It has a center that's nice, a butterfly garden and a cypress swamp.
They charge a small fee (I think it's $5) for parking but you can buy a pass for less than $20.
It has the usual; hawks, osprey, ibis, spoonbills, and the slew of birds that you can find in Florida wetlands including owls. There's bobcat, boar, and enough alligators to satisfy any 'gator nut (of which I am one of).
It has a boat ramp and planned activities that might interest visitors.
I don't go often. Places like these usually need longer lenses but there is always something to shoot regardless and I always come back with a photo or two.
The Refuge is located about 10 miles west of Boynton Beach, Florida. It is accessible from Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike by going west on either Boynton Beach Blvd or Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, until you reach Highway 441/State Road 7.From Boynton Beach Blvd., proceed south on Hwy 441/SR7 for two miles and turn west (right) onto Lee Road. From Atlantic Ave, proceed north on Hwy 441/SR7 for two miles and turn west (left) onto Lee Road. The Refuge Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 - 4:00. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving. There is a $5.00 entrance fee per vehicle.
For more information contact us at:
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
There's no sign that says "Lee Road" but there's a big brown sign on the west side of 441. Last time I was there (a couple of weeks ago) a large store was almost completely built on that corner. I don't know what sort of store. I guess I'll have to jog over and see and let you all know. The entrance is south of Boynton Beach Blvd and north of Atlantic. It's a "T" road so watch for it.