Artificial Reef Deployment at Grayton Beach State Park
Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of locals, South Walton is about to add an entire layer of recreation through artificial reef environments. South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) will deploy the first snorkel reef on July 10 at 10 am, weather permitting. The public is invited to join SWARA at Grayton Beach State Park walkover (on the beach) for a ribbon cutting celebration.
Walton County’s reefs will be beach accessible for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming…without the need for boat and motor. The artificial reefs are constructed of concrete and Florida limestone and provide a natural habitat for marine life. Around 58 towers will be embedded within the reef system, each having its own GPS coordinates for easy location.
The South Walton Artificial Reef Association is a grassroots, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the construction, deployment, and monitoring of permitted artificial reefs in Walton County's Gulf of Mexico coastal waters for the benefit and health of environment and community. For more information about SWARA visit the website at www.waltonreefs.org. Follow South Walton Artificial Reef Association on Facebook for reef updates and deployment events.
Read more about South Walton Artificial Reef Association in our recent feature story on SoWal.com.