Nature girl’s weekend picks for July 31 – Aug. 2

July 27, 2009

Friday, July 31

williford spring on the Econfina.
Williford spring on the Econfina.

West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club hosting paddle down Econfina Creek
There will be a paddle from the Econfina Livery down to SR 388 Friday, July 31. Meet at the livery prior to 9:00 so we can start paddling at 9:00.  There is a $5.00 fee to use the launching site, and the group will run a shuttle.
Paddle downstream and see Williford Springs and another spring group above SR 20. It is a 6 mile paddle, and the springs are in the first two miles, and then there is a four mile paddle down a very large clear stream without obstructions to the take-out.
Bring your paddling gear, lunch, mask and snorkel if you wish, cameras, sun screen, PFD, and anything else you might need for your comfort.
Frances Stone 850-482-4480 or
Econfina Livery has rentals available along with shuttle. For more information and pricing call: 850-722-9032
Directions: The Econfina Livery is located off Hwy. 20 on Strickland Road north of Panama City Beach, between Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 231. Click here for map

Saturday, Aug. 1

Path at Grayton Beach State Park.
Path at Grayton Beach State Park.

Take a nature walk at Grayton Beach State Park Aug. 1

Grayton Beach State Park would like to invite you to come join the Park Ranger for a guided nature walk.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.
Park Admission fees do apply:
$5.00 per vehicle (8 persons per vehicle max) $2.00 per bicycle
This will be a hike through the Grayton Beach State Park Beach Ecosystem.
Please bring: bug spray, water, field guides, binoculars and your Florida related questions. The hike will take approximately 1  hour. Call 850-231-4210 for more details. Click here for map


King of Crab Island kayak fishing tournament Aug. 1

kingofcrabGulf Coast Kayak Fishing Club is sponsoring a kayak fishing tournament  Aug. 1  with a rain day of August 2nd. Entry Fee $20 (plus $1 PayPal fee)

Weigh in will be at the Crab Island Helen Back Pontoon boat. (Look for the banners). The boat will be anchored at Crab Island.  Crab Island is located just north of the Destin Bridge. Park at the beach access under the bridge and launch your kayaks from there. (Yes, weigh in is ON the water so drag the catches out there for all to see) Weigh in will be from 1-3pm. Lines in the water at 5:30 a.m. Click here for more info

Sunday, Aug. 2

Annual Scallop Festival in Port St. Joe Aug. 1-2


Located between Shipyard Cove and The Village at Marina Cove, Port St Joe (Behind CVS Pharmacy, off Hwy 98)
There is a $5.00 charge to enter the Festival on Saturday (for 18 years and older only) Sunday is free!
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Click here for more info