Paddle a tributary of the Choctawhatchee River in Ebro

August 30, 2009

    Cypress trees tower above as you paddle the Chain of Lakes.
Cypress trees tower above as you paddle the Chain of Lakes.

Enjoy an early morning excursion along the Chain of Lakes

If you are looking for an extraordinary paddle to explore the Choctawhatchee River’s tributaries without the powerful current of the river, there is a little known place of incredible beauty near Ebro called the “Chain of Lakes.”

This pristine paddle offers a dreamy experience through a canopied corridor of wetland forest. Pileated woodpeckers hammer on the old growth cypress trees which tower above the waterways in grandiose beauty.

To explore these lake areas takes about 2 hours as you meaner through the narrow paths and openings. There are no places to take out, leaving this area pristine for the true nature enthusiast.

Note: Be careful getting too close to the opening to the river as strong eddies can be dangerous in high water river level situations.

Directions: Take Hwy 20 east through Walton County. After you cross the Choctawhatchee River, take a right on Strickland Road. Turn right at Little Acre Road. It dead ends at the lakes. There is a boat launch area with parking available. Fee: $3.00.

    1. Do you have canoe or boat rentals, and are you alowed to fish the chain of lakes?

    1. There are no rentals there, and it is an honor box system with a $3.00 charge. Yes, you can fish there and I have seen several fishermen out in the early morning. I imagine it is a great place to catch bass, bream and catfish.

    1. Choctaw Lodge is near this location and offers canoe rentals as well as guided boat tours. We are a bed and breakfast located on the Choctawhatchee river near chain lakes. Feel free to contact us for additional information at or phone 850-835-1784.

    1. That looks like a great kayaking place. I need to get over that way (we’re in Pensacola). Are the bugs bad?

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