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Guided kayak tour at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 9

Join Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 9 – 11 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest Coastal Dune Lakes. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water so unique and important. This guided kayak tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by...

Guided kayak tour at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park June 28

Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou on Thursday, June 28 from 9 – 11 a.m. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by...

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou April 28

Date: Saturday April 28th, Time: 9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by...

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou April 20

Date: Friday April 20th, Time: 9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by...

Enjoy a moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 30

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Moonlight Paddle on March 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve...

Moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 2

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on December 2, 2017 from 4 – 7 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person and space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail...

Coastal dune lake ecology school at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 24

The UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoor Live Team presents the 2017 Coastal Dune Lake Water School. Walton County Florida is home to 15 beautiful, yet globally imperiled, coastal dune lakes. The dune lakes are vitally important to our coastal communities, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. The lakes are teaming with life, contribute greatly to our water system, and help support a growing tourism industry. Come explore the history and ecology of the dune lakes. Learn about current research and protection...

Renovations complete at Cotton Landing on Holmes Creek

Northwest Florida Water Management District has completed much needed renovations to Cotton Landing on Holmes Creek. The restoration stabilized approximately 125 linear feet of shoreline, helping to reduce erosion as well as new storm water treatment. ADA boardwalks and access points have also been installed. The landing has new overlooks with benches, a picnic pavilion, porta-potty, and improved parking. In addition, native trees such as Florida maple and cypress have been planted to help restore the eroded areas. Primitive campsites...

Guided Kayak tour of Rocky Bayou Aug. 18

Date/time: August 18, 9 – 11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in...