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Guided kayak tour at Rocky Bayou State Park July 30

The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks are hosting an interpretive kayak tour at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park from 9 – 11 a.m. on July 30, 2021. Meet the local wildlife and enjoy the scenic views of the bayou on an interpretive guided tour with Park Ranger Bruce and friends. Kayaks, life vests and paddles will be provided for a fee of $25 per person. Bring your own kayak and join in on the fun for only $5....

Seven Runs recreation area reopens

Upgrades and improvements by Northwest Florida Water Management have been completed at Seven Runs recreation area. Restoration and stabilization of  the shoreline, two ladders/steps to the water, and an ADA ramp to the porta-toilet have been added. The park also has a small pavilion, and picnic tables. The park is a popular location to launch a kayak/canoe. The short paddle opens to a cypress swamp, Dead River Landing, then on to the Choctawhatchee River. The Seven Runs recreation area is...

Guided kayak tour at Rocky Bayou State Park April 30

The Friends of Emerald Coat State Parks is hosting a guided interpretive kayak tour of Rocky Bayou on Fri., April 30 from 9 – 11 a.m. Meet local wildlife and enjoy the scenic views of the bayou on an interpretive guided tour with park staff. This beginner-level tour will last 2 hours and is open to anyone 10 or older. Children 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Kayaks, life vests and paddles will be provided...

Guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 18

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4:30 – 7:30 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 and space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done HERE.  Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, hot chocolate, a special surprise, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a...

Underwater Museum of Art in South Walton now open

History was made on June 25, 2018 as the first underwater museum in the U.S. was deployed near shore off of Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) launched the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) that consists of seven permanent sculptures in approximately 58-60 ft. of water. In addition to the art aspect, the sculptures will serve as artificial reefs, providing...