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Destin Fishing Rodeo October 1- 31

Catch a big one this October! Established in 1948, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. • Open Everyday – October 1st through October 31st • The Rodeo is FREE to angler’s fishing aboard a registered boat in the Rodeo. to contact a registered boat go to: www.destinfishingrodeo.org/registeredboats.html • Weigh-ins everyday on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. • Open to Private and Charter...

Walton County fishing report for Aug. 11

Fish is on! Great news now that NOAA has reopened the offshore waters! Fresh: River is still low but lots of fish being caught on popping bugs. Catfish and warmouth being caught. Bay: Get out early with this hot weather. Speckled trout starting back up, shrimp is getting bigger, redfish has tapered off a bit. Saltwater: Lots of big king mackerel, some pompano and whiting. Heard that they are talking about opening up another snapper season. Get out early! Shrimp...

New entrance gates installed at Eden Gardens State Park

Friends of Eden raise funds for enhancement Eden Gardens State Park is sporting a new and familiar look. New wrought iron entrance gates have been installed at the entrance to the park which replicate the gates the park had before it went through improvements in 2009. The Friends of Eden Gardens State park are behind the project and raised the funds needed to for the endeavor. In late 2009, the park completed more than $1 million in improvements which included...

Learn about dolphins at Topsail Aug. 7

Learn about these fascinating mammals and what they eat Saturday, Aug. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Come and join this fun for all ages program on dolphins. Learn about their habitat, what they eat, and which ones you might see while visiting Florida. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse. $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Outside tours canceled during severe weather. Call 267-8330 for more information. Outside tours canceled...

Walton County fishing report for July 28

Fish is on! Fresh: River is low!  Lots of bream hitting crickets and being caught right away fly fishing with popping bugs. Bay: Some good redfish showing up. Shrimp is coming out for those looking for live shrimp at the shop. Saltwater: Lots of big king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and bonita Click here for best times The fishing report is brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s now...

Florida lobster season about to begin

Special two day season July 28-29, followed by regular season Aug. 6-Mar. 31 Recreational and commercial harvest seasons for spiny lobster in Florida reopen soon.  The special two-day spiny lobster sport season comes first, July 28-29 this year, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, Aug. 6 – March 31. The special two-day sport season occurs on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July each year to let recreational fishermen collect spiny lobsters before commercial lobster traps...

Learn about sea turtles at Topsail July 22

Learn about preserving these ancient and majestic creatures Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Scenic Road 30A Thursday, July 22 – 1:30 p.m. The majestic sea turtles are in the midst of another reproductive season.  Learn the facts about common Sea Turtles at Topsail.  Be a part of an enlightening program and see what you can do to help preserve these awe inspiring creatures of the sea. Park at the Day-Use area on Hwy 30A and take a short walk...

Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 15

Learn about our rare lakes Thursday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes.  Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County.  Park at the Day-Use area off of Hwy 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse. All programs require a $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather. Call 850-267-0299 for more details....

Get in free day at Florida State Parks July 17

Celebrate Recreation and Parks month with swimming, hiking or sitting  under a shade tree! Recognizing the benefits of time spent outdoors in Florida’s environment, Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation highlighting July as Recreation and Parks Month in Florida. Saturday, July 17 the Florida Park Service (FPS) will offer FREE entry to all state parks, excluding the Skyway Fishing Pier. Canoe rentals, camping and other activities will be available at the regular price. With Florida’s famous sunshine and hot...