Northwest Florida Water Management District re-opens Devil’s Hole along Econfina Creek

November 2, 2015

devilsholeThe Northwest Florida Water Management District has re-opened Devil’s Hole, a popular recreation site located in Washington County and part of the Econfina Creek Water Management Area.

District staff conducted shoreline restoration and protection activities at three eroded shoreline areas. Native tree and scrub species have been planted along these newly-restored areas. In addition, the District enhanced public access by constructing a boardwalk and steps down to the water, so the public can access the 40-foot swallet to swim.  New picnic tables have been placed at the site as well.

The Northwest Florida Water Management District has acquired a majority of the Econfina Creek corridor and Sand Hill Lakes Mitigation Bank for water resource protection, restoration, and preservation.  The District owns more than 43,770 in fee and less than fee along Econfina Creek, including 2,155 acres along the Sand Hill Lakes Mitigation Bank.

Free, overnight camping is available at Devil’s Hole by making a reservation through the District’s online reservation site.  For more information about Devil’s Hole, including how to make a reservation, visit visit

Devil’s Hole is a 40-foot swallet sinkhole that connects to the Floridan Aquifer. Preserving this area is essential for protecting groundwater resources. The Florida National Scenic Trail and Econfina Creek pass through the area just to the west of Devil’s Hole. The Devil’s Hole Recreation Area offers a day use area with picnic tables and a portable toilet. A single campsite equipped with picnic table, fire ring, and a grill is available by reservation. Day use is allowed from dawn to dusk in the designated Day Use area.