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Historical remembrances of the Choctawhatchee Bay

By James H. Cason, Robert A. Mills, and Paula A. Tully. Interviews by Tavia Copenhaver McCuen, with special assistance from Walter Francis Spence. A publication of Northwest Florida Water Management District, Dec. 1985 The mission of the Northwest Florida Water Management District is to implement the provisions of Chapter 373, Water Resources, Florida Statutes, in a manner that best ensures the continued welfare of the residents and water resources of Northwest Florida. Their core mission is to ensure a clean and...

Pararescue teams drop into Choctawhathee Bay June 19

No need to worry if you see men jumping out of airplanes Have you ever seen anyone parachuting into the Choctawhatchee Bay? Chances are they are Air Force Special Operations Pararescuemen. Also known as PJs, these elite forces use the Choctawhatchee Bay for practice sessions. This was the case on June 19, 2012 when a C130 delivered groups of PJs over the Bay in the early afternoon hours. The PJs were picked up by boat from the water and delivered...

Could a saltwater fish hatchery and fishing pier be in the future for Walton County?

A look at a few NRDA project-funding requests As a part of a multi-state effort to draw funding from the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, Walton County is looking at submitting funding for 23 restoration projects. The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has requested 13, with the remaining 10 from outside agencies including Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Northwest Florida Water Management District. The NRDA process guides the distribution of restoration funds that will be distributed...

Choctawhatchee River Paddle Trail in the works

57 miles of planned boat ramp improvements span from Morrison Springs to Black Creek near the Bay Walton County, Northwest Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Greenways and Trails are working together to provide a paddling trail on the Choctawhatchee River. The 57-mile trail plan spans from Morrison Springs to the opening of Black Creek near the Choctawhatchee Bay. ::MAP:: The project includes rehabilitation and/or construction of five trail head locations starting at Morrison...

North Walton fishing/hunting report for Jan. 17

What folks are catchin’ and baggin’ in Walton Sonja at Copeland’s tells me fishing has been very good with folks catching speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and striper. As long as you don’t mind the chilly weather! For a refresher on fishing regulations click here. Hunting: Yahoo! The deer appear to be in rut! Hunters have seen a lot of activity and have been saying the best time is early morning around 7 a.m. Muzzleloading gun next days open: Feb. 19...