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State Parks & Forests in South Walton, Florida

The State Parks and State Forest Lands in South Walton are spectacular. Protected lands make up about 40% of the land south of the bay.

We are so blessed to have such treasure all around us. The lakes, bayous, creeks, forests, dunes and beaches in our parks make SoWal a very special place. Incredible landscapes with coastal dune lakes, lake outfalls kissing the Gulf, flowering dune magnolias, soaring pelicans, dancing dolphins, flower-covered dunes - the wonders of coastal nature are everywhere you turn.

Camp Helen State Park 20 Year Celebration March 25

Camp Helen State Park invites everyone to their 20-Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 25 starting at 8:30am in The Lodge and continuing until 12:30pm with presentations, walking tours and special guests such as Elam Stoltzfus - producer of Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast. 

8:30 – 9:30 am
Option 1:     Explore birds on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society - Wear comfortable shoes, binoculars provided.
Option 2:     Walking history tour

 

Clear Gulf Water Flows Into Western Lake in Grayton Beach, Florida

Most of South Walton's coastal dune lakes open periodically to flow into the Gulf of Mexico after the lakes swell with rain. On rare occasion when conditions are just right, after draining for a few days the lake achieves equilibrium and clear Gulf water flows back in to the lake.

This overhead view is of the Western Lake outfall in Grayton Beach, Florida.

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