Kayak Eco Tours on Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park

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    Join Camp Helen State Park 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. Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted. Be sure to bring sun protection and drinking water.

    Dates Available: 9am - 11am
    June 13th & 27th
    July 11th & 25th

    Rental Fee - Cash Only:
    Single Kayak - $30
    Tandem Kayak - $40

    Fee includes: watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle, and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Entrance Fees into the Park are waived. Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted. Be sure to bring sun protection and drinking water. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park 24 hours prior to tour at (850) 233-5059.

    Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the Park for further information. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet so dress appropriately. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

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    Camp Helen State Park is bordered on three sides by the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide; in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans lived in the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987, Camp Helen was a company resort for employees of an Alabama textile mill and some of the buildings are now being restored. Natural areas range from coastal dunes and salt marshes along the Gulf to freshwater wetlands and sand pine scrub along the lake. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.

    Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, just west of the Phillips Inlet Bridge on the Bay County and Walton County line.

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    Read more about Camp Helen State Park and see photo gallery at SoWal Parks | Camp Helen State Park.

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