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Walton County teaming with Washington and Holmes in the development of Choctawhatchee River paddle trail

In August, Walton County District 4 Commissioner and Chairman Sara Comander organized a regional paddle trail meeting with representatives from Walton, Washington and Holmes Counties as well as representatives from several Walton County departments, the City of Freeport, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Northwest Florida Water Management District and private business. Walton County began the process of developing a paddle trail initiative on the Choctawhatchee River beginning in 2011. During that time, former Walton County Board Member Scott Brannon led...

Remnants of the Captain Fritz steamboat remain in the Choctawhatchee riverbed

Low water levels expose remnants of Walton history Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s much of Walton County’s commerce was transported via water. Sown lumber, turpentine and vegetables were shipped to the mills and markets of Pensacola via steamboat and schooner. One of the major steamboats that made a regular run between Freeport, Point Washington and Pensacola was the Capt. Fritz. A stern wheel steamboat built in 1892 the Capt. Fritz started operations in the Choctawhatchee Bay. She...

Major river flooding on the Choctawhatchee River impacts Walton County

As of 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015, the Choctawhatchee River at Ebro is predicted to crest at 20.7 ft. on Jan. 1, 2016. This is the highest level the river has been in several years. According to the National Weather Service, the following is recorded levels in recent history: Historic Crests (1) 29.19 ft on 03/15/1929 (2) 26.76 ft on 07/11/1994 (3) 22.88 ft on 03/23/1990 (4) 22.61 ft on 03/13/1998 (5) 21.48 ft on 04/15/1975 Show More Historic...

Man catches state-record blue catfish during tournament

It’s official! Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River, near Ebro, during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup tournament on May 30. He beat the previous state record by 5 pounds. Stewart had landed four flatheads and a nice channel catfish before he put the head from a skipjack herring, which he had caught earlier, on a big circle hook. Fortunately, his reel was loaded with 100-pound line because the blue catfish that...

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – The stewards who monitor our waterways

A look into the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance water monitoring program This is the second of a four part series on the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College (CBA). It is easy to understand why most of us enjoy living in Northwest Florida. The beautiful beaches, creeks, rivers and the Choctawhatchee Bay offer extraordinary opportunities to fish, explore, swim and enjoy living in the diverse ecosystems that surround us. Have you ever wondered who watches over the health of...

Choctawhatchee River expected to crest at 18.4 ft. on Monday

Major flooding on the Choctawhatchee River has occurred due to recent heavy amounts of rainfall. The river is expected to crest at 18.4 ft. on Monday, July 8, 2013. The river is expected to remain at a major flood stage through July 12. Recent heavy rains closed many roads along the river and several other low lying areas in Walton over the last week. Click here to view river reading....

Public forum discussing the Choctawhatchee River March 28

The South Walton Community Council welcomes Ms. Julie Terrell and Mr. Mike Mullen as guest speakers at their March Public Forum. Ms. Terrell is the director of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and Mr. Mullen is the founder and director of the Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers. The two organizations share a concern for the Choctawhatchee River, a dominant geographic and natural factor in Walton County. Following their presentations, Ms. Terrell and Mr. Mullen will take questions from the audience. Open to the public...