Dead River Landing in Walton County a scenic location for boating, camping, and recreation

September 2, 2015

A view of Seven Runs Creek from the primitive camping area at Dead River Landing. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
A view of Seven Runs Creek from the primitive camping area at Dead River Landing. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

One of the most popular boat accesses and hunting spots along the Choctawhatchee River now boasts significant improvements. Dead River Landing just north of Bruce offers a scenic location to boat, camp, and recreate along Seven Runs Creek near the Choctawhatchee River.

Using a portion of a $231,000 trust fund from Northwest Florida Water Management District, along with a partnership agreement with Walton County, Dead River Landing now offers eight RV sites, eight primitive campsites, three pavilions, a playground area, two portable toilets, boat ramp, board walk and platform at the water’s edge. ADA parking and access to the campsites is also provided. The pavilions have picnic tables, grills, and each RV campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. There are no electrical hookups available at the landing.

Dead River Landing provides easy access to the Choctawhatchee River and is a part of the Choctawhatchee Wildlife Management Area in Walton County. The landing is located at the end of Dead River Road north of Bruce off of SR81.

Playground equipment was added to the recreation area in Aug. 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
Playground equipment was added to the recreation area in Aug. 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

To reserve a campsite, contact Northwest Florida Water Management at (850) 539-5999 or visit www.nwfwater.com and click on Central Region. Camping is free, however reservations are required and are available for a minimum of one night and a maximum of seven nights. Users are allowed to make two non-consecutive reservations at one time, (i.e., reservations cannot be for two back-to-back visits). A reservation begins at 3:00 pm on the first day and ends at 1:00 pm on the last day.

The recreation area is open for day use year-round from dawn to dusk. Launching and recovery of boats permitted at all times. ATV’s are prohibited. Motorized vehicles allowed on designated roads only.

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