Kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board launch on the Choctawhatchee Bay
A new waterfront park is open on the Choctawhatchee Bay. The long awaited Kellogg Bayfront Park in Santa Rosa Beach boasts panoramic vistas, along with easy access to the bay for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards. Amenities include vessel ramp, several picnic tables, shower, water fountain and water spigot.
The fenced park area does not include vehicle parking, however you may facilitate the ramp area while unloading vessels. Parking is available just outside the fenced area. Boat access is not offered at the ramp.
The park is located at the north end of Nellie Drive off of Nursery Road. ::MAP::
In 2003, the late Pat Kellogg, land owner and nature lover, deeded the 10-acre parcel to Walton County. The land was to be used as a wildlife nature preserve and educational center. Another portion of the park includes a parking area on Nursery Road and short nature trail just south of the bayfront park.
The development of the park is a collaboration of Choctawahatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), Walton County Public Works and Parks and Recreation.
“In December 2013, the Walton County Tourist Development board approved a CBA proposal to develop a schedule of nature-based activities marketed toward our visitors that would take people beyond the beaches to enjoy some of our other precious natural resources. Some of these activities will be based from the newly-minted Kellogg Park. We envision sunrise Tai-Chi or yoga classes overlooking the Bay; fishing skills classes, SUP classes, etc.,” said Alison McDowell, marine scientist at CBA.