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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...

Guided Kayak tour of Rocky Bayou Aug. 11

Date/time: August 11, 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...

Guided Kayak tour of Rocky Bayou July 14

Date/time: Friday July 14, 9 – 11 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 campers,...

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou June 16

Date/time: Friday June 16, 9 – 11 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 campers,...

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou May 19

Date/time: Friday May 19, 9 – 11 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. The event will be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State 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...