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Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 23

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 23 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important. Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft. Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates....

Surfrider Skatepark opening at Helen McCall Park in Santa Rosa Beach

Ribbon cutting July 22, 2020 What started as an idea among friends, and quite a bit of community effort has finally come to fruition. The new Walton County Skatepark, called Surfrider Skatepark is now ready to open. On Wednesday, July 22nd, at 10:00 a.m., the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC), will be hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new park at 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach. This new skatepark will provide opportunity for...

Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 16

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 16 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important. Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft. Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates....

Billy Bowlegs Festival in Fort Walton Beach July 31 – Aug. 3

CANCELLED The Krewe of Bowlegs and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, would like to remind the public that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, The 65th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade has been rescheduled from the traditional first weekend in June to Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1 with the celebratory Torchlight Parade on Monday, August 3. In addition to the date a few changes have been made to make the event even more exciting...

Independence Day events around Walton County

Independence Day celebrations are limited this year, however there are a few around the Panhandle to enjoy. Here is the lineup: July 3 – Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel, Panama City Beach Join the Boardwalk on July 3rd as they “Light Up the Gulf” with the beach’s largest private fireworks show. The magic happens after dark behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort condominium. With free live entertainment, contests and kids activities. The Boardwalk is located at 9600 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City...

Williford, Pitt/Sylvan recreation sites re-open

June 17, 2020 – The Northwest Florida Water Management District has re-opened its recreation sites and camp sites previously closed by concerns from COVID-19. The list of openings includes Williford Spring and Pitt/Sylvan Spring springs day-use recreation sites. The sites at Williford and Pitt and Sylvan springs will resume normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week). It also includes the following reservable camp sites: Rattlesnake Lake North (Econfina Creek Water Management Area) Sparkleberry Pond (Econfina...

Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 9

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 9 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important. Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft. Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates....

History tour at Camp Helen State Park July 4

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of our park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families....

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park July 2

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, July 2 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...