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Enjoy a lazy day paddle down the Shoal River

Scenic river in Crestview offers a journey through a wetland hardwood forest The appropriately named Shoal River offers an abundance of sandy sandbars, (shoals) along with cool water along a meandering 10-mile paddle in Crestview. This 10-mile stretch is the only open publicly accessible run on the river. It is easily accessible with a boat ramp at each end, with put in at U.S. Hwy. 90 and take out a SR-85 in Crestview. As part of the Florida Greenways and...

A field of dreams in north Walton County

History states that the original day to honor our fallen soldiers was chosen for a reason Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is...

Learn about the gopher tortoise at Topsail June 3

Learn about what makes these creatures are so important to other animals Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Scenic Road 30A Thursday, June 3 – 1:30 p.m. Come and join the park for a slide presentation on the gopher tortoise.  Learn about this species of special concern in Florida and what makes them so important to other animals.  Meet at the Day-Use parking area on Hwy 30A to take a short hike to the clubhouse. All programs require a $6.00...

Walton County fishing report for May 12

Fishing is great everywhere, offshore, inshore, steams and ponds Fresh: River is finally coming down and folks are catching bream. Bass being caught in the creeks. Bluegill on flies and bass on the ponds and lakes. Bay: The south side of the bay is hot right now with lots of speckled trout and redfish Saltwater: Inshore – pompano being caught.  Sand fleas for bait are showing up. Offshore – Large king and Spanish mackerel are everywhere. A mix bag of...

Explore a coastal dune lake with Walco Eco Tours

Learn about South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes and dune ecosystems Murray Balkcom, South Walton resident, Realtor and eco tour guide is a man of many facets and talents. Raised on a farm in southwest Ga. near Lake Eufala, Ala., Murray has spent most of his life enjoying the outdoors. Out of college, and working a 70 hrs. a week job, Murray had little time for recreational activities. Deciding it was time for something different, Murray left the confines of...

Paddle your way around the Panhandle

  Kayaks an easy fit for anyone interested in outdoor fun     With the Gulf of Mexico, the Choctawhatchee Bay and numerous lakes, creeks and rivers in the area, kayaking is a popular sport in the Panhandle. And with little maintenance cost after purchase, kayaking can be enjoyed by most anyone. There are two basic configurations to choose from, the traditional cockpit style and the sit on top. In a variety of lengths, kayaks range from 8 – 20...