Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou May 19

Date/time: Friday May 19, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. The event will be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.

Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by campers, kayakers and locals.

Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Park admission fees do apply and is $5.00 per vehicle. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

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Kids to Park Day in Niceville May 20

The Kids to Park Day, a family and community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located at 4281 Highway 20 East in Niceville FL 32578.

The day will include five different hikes beginning on the hour all day long. Each hike will have a booth where you can sign up for the program. The hikes include a bug hunt, a butterfly hike, a royalty hike with a book reading (participants may dress in regal attire), Ant hike with a book reading, and a tour of Red Cedar nature trail. A puppet show will begin at noon under the Red Cedar pavilion. The event is hosted by Hike It Baby, with support from the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.

All activities and entertainment are free of charge. Park entrance fees do apply $5.00 per car. No need to RSVP- just be prepared to have a great time. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch; bug spray and sunscreen. For more information please contact the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park (850)833-9144.

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Inaugural Choctawhatchee River Festival at Morrison Springs May 13

RiverWay South is hosting their inaugural Choctawhatchee River Fest at Morrison Springs, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 13, 2017. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in a variety of educational and recreational activities throughout the day in celebration of the river.

Children of all ages will enjoy a dip in the cool spring water, fishing, boating and taking part in many fun activities throughout the day. Participate in a kids casting rally sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. Paddle a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or hydrobike hosted by Old Cypress Canoe Rentals and Emerald Coast Hydrobikes. Walton Outdoors will be onsite to assist with water events and share recreation opportunities along the River. Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Northwest Florida Water Management District, Bay County Audubon Society and Paddle Florida will offer educational and interactive displays. Take time to check out the static display with information on the Choctawhatchee River Trail improvement project.

Black Creek Café will be providing food and drink, including hamburgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Morrison Springs is located at 874 Morrison Springs Road, Ponce de Leon. :: MAP::

About RiverWay South
RiverWay South is a team of northwest Florida counties bordering the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee Rivers. The counties have joined together to create a regional tourism destination. Their mission is to create a regional rural tourism organization that encourages sustainable tourism through public/private partnerships to preserve and promote the unique resources of the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee River Basins in Florida. We carry out this mission by providing services that enhance and support the tourism industry throughout the region.

For more information on RiverWay South and the many events of this amazing nine-county region, visit


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Walton County fishing report for April 25

Fishing is good

Surf: Pompano.

Bay: Lots of redfish and some trout being caught..

River: River is still high. A few crappie, shellcracker, and catfish.

Ponds: Bass being caught on shiners.

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Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

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Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439
(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Walton County hosting fixed price yard sale in DeFuniak Springs May 13

In an effort to rid the county of surplus items and free up space in county facilities, Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, May 13, from 7 – 10 am at the County Landfill located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North.

The fixed price sale may include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more. This sale does not include vehicles.

Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplused that are no longer used or needed by the County, as well as items that are collected through the County’s recycling program at the landfill.

The landfill gates will open at 6:30am to facilitate parking, however entrance to the sale will not be allowed until 7am.

The following rules will be in place for this event:

  • The County will not be holding a pre-sale viewing.
  • Items must be paid for with Cash or local check.
  • All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All items are priced as marked and will not be negotiated.
  • All items are purchased as is and contain no County liability or warranty.
  • All purchased items must be removed from the grounds following purchase. (Assistance with loading will be provided)
  • All sales will be final.
  • All items must be paid for at time of sale and cannot be held.
  • Stockpiling of merchandise will not be permitted.

In addition to the County’s ongoing public auction program, these fixed price sales give the County an additional to opportunity to offer their surplus items to the public for purchase.

If you should have any questions, please contact the County’s Public Information Department at 850-892-8155.

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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society May 2017 events

4 May: Monthly Meeting and Presentation: “Gopher Tortoise Biology and Conservation” By Erica Laine, Wildlife Biologist, Eglin AFB Natural Resources. Eglin AFB has recently undertaken a large project to provide habitat for tortoises displaced by commercial development in other regions of Florida. Ms Laine will describe the scope of the project and the importance that the gopher has to Eglin’s ongoing habitat/wildlife restoration programs.

The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the student services building (Bldg 400) at the Northwest Florida State College – Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or e-mail Dr. Don Baltz at (225) 252-2760, [email protected] for more information. Please visit our website at and our Facebook page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

6 May Field Trip: Okaloosa Landfill. The County landfill north of Wright offers one of the more interesting opportunities to see a variety of birdlife practically in our backyard. Bruce Purdy will lead this excursion. Meet at Pepitos, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd at 7:30 AM on Saturday the 6th. Wear closed toed shoes, bring binoculars and a camera. Contact Bruce at (305) 926-6030 for more information. Visit our website at and Facebook page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

13 May Field Trip: Join Malcolm Mark Swan and search for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrows on Eglin Reservation. You must obtain a reservation permit to participate. These can be obtained at Jackson Guard or online at Meet at the Armament Museum Parking Lot at 7AM on the 13th. Contact Malcolm at (210) 343-9082 for more information. Please visit our website at and Facebook page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

20 May Field Trip: Visit Bay County Audubon’s Laidlaw Plantation to see a diverse collection of birdlife and restoration efforts by the chapter to restore this 400 Acre tract. Meet at the CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Plaza in Niceville at 7AM and caravan to Laidlaw in Holmes County. Bring a sack lunch and wear sturdy shoes. Contact Ron Houser, Bay County Audubon at (850) 381-5651 for details. Please visit our website at and Facebook page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

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