Dead River Landing park improvements near completion

March 23, 2012

New steps to the dock area at the Dead River Landing. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

New parking area, camp sites and camping areas

By Jeffrey Powell
DeFuniak Springs Herald

Thanks in large part to a $175,000 grant from the Northwest Florida Water Management District the Dead River Landing has received several much needed improvements recently and is scheduled to re-open within the week. A popular fishing and hunting access to the Choctawhatchee River, Dead River Landing has been used by locals and visitors alike for many years. During hunting season it is common to have numerous campers at the site.

“This project has improved access for both residents and visitors alike,” said Preble-Rish Project Engineer Cliff Knauer. “It will be much easier to launch and retrieve boats with the new loading dock. Also, the paved parking area will eliminate the need for the county to continue hauling dirt to the site which erodes into the water. This project is environmentally sound and will save the county money in the long run.”

New parking at Dead River Landing accomodates vehicles with boat trailers. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Included in the project are eight dedicated camping spots, improvements to the boat ramp and parking area which includes handicap parking and storm-water retention. There will also eventually be an area dedicated to bank fishing for those without a boat. Additionally there will be several primitive camping spots.

“The Dead River Landing project is part of a continued partnership with the Northwest Florida Water Management District in an effort to improve the citizens’ access to the areas waterways,” said Walton County Commissioner Scott Brannon. “This is part of the board’s commitment to enhance, increase and improve access to the area’s natural resources.”

Dead River Landing is also to become part of the proposed Choctawhatchee River Paddle trail. The landing is located at the end of Dead River Road north of Bruce. ::MAP::