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Black Creek Lodge in Freeport under new ownership

The popular boat launch, marina and RV park Black Creek Lodge in Freeport has new owners. The 9-acre parcel is now owned by Shon and Kyra Edwards and David and Samantha Bilbrey. Everything will remain the same with improvements on the way. The boat ramp $5.00 launch and $4.00 overnight parking fee is unchanged. Improvements are in the works with renovations currently being done on the 4-room motel. New RV slots, along with tiny cabins for rent are in the...

Partial Grady Brown Park boat ramp closure scheduled for April 7

On April 7, 2021, there will be a partial closure of the boat ramps at Grady Brown Park.  While access will still be available, it will be limited. This partial closure is needed to facilitate the installation of No Wake Zone signage throughout the Choctawhatchee Bay.  This process will require the erection and staging of a barge by the contractor. The contractor will not be closing the entire boat ramp, but they will have to re-route access to the boat...

Improvements on the way for Cowford Landing on the Choctawhatchee River

Walton County is in the contractor bidding stage of making several improvements to Cowford Landing on The Choctawhatchee River. The scope of work includes the construction of a new parking lot, sidewalks, restroom, two overnight shelters, timber boardwalks, and a new floating dock with ADA kayak loading station. New ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps will also be constructed as well as drainage improvements including a storm water management system with outfall structure and piping. The work is currently out...

All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released an Executive Order regarding recreational boating effective March 27, 2020. Because COVID-19 continues to impact Florida, a new Executive Order has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the DOH and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. Full details and additional proactive measures the FWC is implementing: https://bit.ly/2WGUKX8Executive Order 20-09 has...

Explore The Outdoors Festival in Freeport Nov. 2

A great day for outdoor family fun Walton Outdoors will be hosting our 10th annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida. 32439 ::MAP:: This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife, archery, interactive...

Boater safety class in Destin July 21

The United States Coastguard Auxiliary 14, Destin Florida is hosting a boating safety class on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class will be held at the at Destin Fishing History and History Museum, 108 Stahlman Ave, Destin. This class is for the person, both young and old, who wants to learn how to safely handle a boat in our beautiful gulf shore waters. This boating class is designed to be an introductory course to...

Enjoy a moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 30

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Moonlight Paddle on March 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve...

Celebrate 140 years of Governor Stone Schooner Sept. 25 and Oct. 22

The Bay County Historical Society is pleased to resume their monthly “Adventures in History” series on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Bay County Library. The September adventure follows the 140 year history of the last remaining working gaff rigged Gulf Bay Schooner, Governor Stone, from her construction in Pascagoula Mississippi to her National Historic Landmark designation in 1991 and settling into her designated home port of St. Andrews, Florida in 2013. The Governor Stone was part...

Rags to Riches Regatta at Grayton Beach July 1

The 21st Annual Rags to Riches Regatta is set for Sat., July 1, 2017 along Grayton Beach in South Walton. The race brings together Hobie 16 sailing enthusiasts in honor of Independence Day in a time honored tradition. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and skipper’s meeting starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $45 per boat. The race will start and finish on the beach behind Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, located just off Scenic Hwy 30-A in Walton...

Thomas Pilcher Park along Clyde B. Wells Bridge now open

The Thomas Pilcher Park along the Clyde B. Wells Bridge (U.S. Hwy. 331) is now open. Amenities of the park include: • 380 ft. fishing pier • Four boat ramps • Five 55 ft. docks along the boat ramps • Two 24’ x 24’ picnic shelters • Restrooms • Fishing platforms • Scenic overlooks • Western scenic walkway/bike path • Parking for 21 boat trailers and 69 spaces for other vehicles • ADA access The park is named after Thomas...