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AF No. 3 Duke Field

Eglin Air Force Base Eglin Air Force Base

Boating

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Parks

Communities

Residential Communities

Local Recreation

1 Carnegie Hills, Crestview............................................................................2

1 Blackstone Golf Course.............................................................................18

2 Lake Ridge Estates, Crestview.............................................................3–4

2 Blackwater River State Park...................................................................19

3 Hidden Valley, Crestview............................................................................5

3 Henderson Beach State Park.................................................................. 20

4 Silver Springs Estates, Crestview.............................................................6

4 Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park................................................. 21

5 Lake Arthur Estates.....................................................................................7

5 Deep Sea Fishing, Destin......................................................................... 22

6 Nanterre/Silver Creek, Crestview........................................................8–9

6 Florida’s Gulfarium................................................................................... 23

Area Schools 1 Okaloosa County School District......................................................12–14 2 Walton County School District.......................................................... 15–16


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Carnegie Hills

Crestview, Florida

Carnegie Hills Crestview, FL

“ Be at the forefront of exquisite family living in Carnegie Hills. Your retreat awaits you! ” For more information, please contact Landcrest Development at (850) 897-7585

“Be at the forefront of exquisite family living in Carnegie Hills. Your retreat awaits you!” For more information, please contact Landcrest Development at (850) 897-7585

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mmerse yourself in your own relaxed sanctuary with lush many in the south end of the county. There are 56 one-half trees and rolling hills that add to the tranquil setting of acre lots. The exterior facade of the homes are mostly brick, Carnegie Hills. Located on the prestigious north side of stucco or stone and a minimum Immerse yourself in your own relaxed sanctuary with square lushfootage of 1800. Crestview, this single-family subdivision offers convenience HOA fees are reasonable and help maintain the common and rolling add toarea. the tranquil setting of for travel trees to Pensacola or retreat to thehills beachesthat of Destin. Two acres were donated for a possible children’s park— The location of this opulent setting also relieves the pressure this community is a “dream come true” for any family. Carnegie Hills. Located on the prestigious north side of from flood insurance and major hurricane damage felt by

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Crestview, this single-family subdivision offers convenience for travel to Pensacola or retreat to the beaches in Destin.


Residential Communities

Lake Ridge Estates

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he Platinum Team of RE/MAX Southern Realty would like to introduce Taylor Bunch, formally of Baton Rouge, La., now living in Destin, Florida. This skilled developer is bringing Okaloosa County a new Louisiana flair that can only be found in Lake Ridge Estates. Bunch is backed by 30 years of residential development experience through his family, which has developed properties in South Louisiana since 1970. Now, he is bringing that talent and expertise to us here in the Florida panhandle. The Platinum Team has partnered up with realtor Jeff Fontenot, whose roots go all the way back to Cajun soil, to launch the growth of this new project. Lake Ridge Estates is a quaint boutique subdivision nestled away beneath beautiful old pine and oak trees add decorated with baby magnolias and crepe myrtles. This Acadian themed subdivision is the only one in all of North Okaloosa county and features a beautiful lake with a flowing fountain. Beyond the lake lie the streets of Lake Ridge dotted with New Orleans-style street lamps. Just five minutes from the areas’ schools, this community holds a sense of family with a country feeling and no through traffic. With dozens of Acadian home plans to choose from, buyers are not faced with another cookie-cutter neighborhood. Some of the more unique home plans include large porches, courtyards, keeping rooms, cathedral ceilings, brick and stucco accents and true pine wood floors. Along with these house plans come a number of amenities, including solid wood cypress doors, granite countertops, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and a home that you can live well, live larger and live happily in. What truly sets Lake Ridge Estates apart from other subdivisions? Luxury and natural beauty in an Acadian style home. To view some Acadian house plans, visit www.Acadiana-design.com. For more information on this exciting new community, please call (850) 423-1188 or visit us at www.platinumteamsellsflorida.com. 3


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Residential Communities

Crestview’s Premier Lakefront Community

Go back in time and pick one of the over 4,000 house plans offered by Acadiana Home Designs, which feature the South Louisiana Country French architecture.

Beautiful lake with fountain in a country setting within minutes of downtown Crestview.

Lake Ridge Gorgeous views, approximately 1/3 acre lots, Acadiana design homes are just a few of the exclusive features of this community.

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Hidden Valley Crestview

A fa m i ly c o m mu n i t y

Nestled in scenic rolling hills off Poverty Creek Road is your opportunity to buy affordable individual lots in a family-oriented subdivision. • Landscaped Entrance • Underground Utilities • Public Water • Septic

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Lots ready for construction now. There will be covenants and restrictions in place to protect your investment. This family friendly subdivision will feature 40 lots in Phase I. DEVELOPER IS OFFERING BUILDER DISCOUNTS.

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Silver Springs Estates

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This community is nestled in the countryside giving the neighbors a panoramic valley overlook, secluded and quiet. The base price range for homes in Silver Springs Estates is from the low $150s to low $200s and square footage range is from the 1,225 plan up to the larger 2,680; plus, the average lot size is .62 acres.

Area: Crestview, Florida Schools: Northwood Elementary, Davidson Middle, Crestview High Close to: Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, ELEVATION B Duke Field, the beaches and Interstate 10.

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Residential Communities

Lake Arthur Estates…

One of Crestview’s new planned private communities! New homes are under construction. This development boasts amenities such as community picnic area, fishing, tennis courts, and underground utilities. Homeowner’s association with covenants & restrictions are in place. Owner will consider owner financing options.

Crestview, Florida Okaloosa County A 219 lot residential subdivision on 162 acres built around an 8.8 acre lake and 14.5 acres of pristine wetlands. Three phases.

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xclusive country living at an affordable price. That is what Adams Homes of NW, FL, Inc. brings to this beautiful community…offering a large selection of home designs, which will please the most discriminating buyer. This riverfront community located on Lake Silver Road in Crestview, FL includes wooded homesites, community river access, underground utilities, sidewalks, Victorian street lights, and upscale homes. Additional features are custom mailboxes, full sod, sprinkler system, upgraded landscaping package, decorative brick package, dimensional shingles, oval glass front door, crown moulding on kitchen cabinets, garage door opener, garden tub, and elongated toilets.

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ove up to a place where quiet communities and friendly neighbors still define a hometown. Where all the right ingredients for the perfect family environment are yours. A place where the country meets the city, and the best of both worlds await at Silver Creek Estates. Silver Creek features include professional landscaping package, brick mail boxes, full brick exteriors, dimensional shingles, garden tubs, underground utilities, and designer vanity and kitchen countertops. Our buyers can choose from a variety of home designs, homesites, and a choice of colors to decorate their home.

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Adams homes of Northwest Florida

Nanterre School District Elementary: Bob Sikes Middle: Davidson High: Crestview Directions to Nanterre Subdivision

From Hwy 90 W to Crestview • Turn left on Old Bethel Road • Turn left onto Oak Hill Road • Take a right on Taylor, and • Take a left on Lake Silver Road From Highway 85 N to Lake Silver Road • Turn left onto Lake Silver Road • Continue for approximately 4.5 miles • Nanterre is on the left • Nanterre is just North of Silver Creek on Silver Creek Road. Call Dale Anderson at the model 850-682-0279 or his cell phone 850-398-3323.

Silver creek School District Elementary: Bob Sikes Middle: Davidson High: Crestview Directions to Silver creek estates Subdivision

From Hwy 85 north to Lake Silver Road • Turn left onto Lake Silver Road • Continue for approximately 4.5 miles • Silver Creek Estates is on the left. Call Dale Anderson at the model 850-423-0600 or his cell phone 850-398-3323.

Adams Homes

Crestview Division 128 John King Road, Ste. 1 Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 850-689-8885 • Fax: 850-689-1699

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Explore Okaloosa County Newman Park Rocky Bayou

Destin

Shoal River

Shoal River State Park

Beachside Bike Trail 10

Henderson Beach State Park


Area Schools

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Ar e a Sch o o l s

2009-2010 PARENT GUIDE

Okaloosa County School District Immunizations Children will not be enrolled unless a Florida Department of Health Form 680 (blue card) is presented and the following immunizations are up to date: • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Series (DTap/DTP)

2009 – 2010 School Year Calendar Board Approval on February 9, 2009

Pre-School Planning.................................................................................................August 17-21, 2009 First Day of School for Students..............................................................................August 24, 2009 Elementary Early Release Day............................................................................ September 2, 2009

• Hepatitis B Series • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (two doses of Measles vaccine, preferably as MMR) • Polio Series (IPV/OPV)

Labor Day Holiday.......................................................................................................... September 7, 2009 Elementary Early Release Day.....................................................................................October 7, 2009 End: 1st. Grading Period.............................................................................................. October 23, 2009 Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday................................................................... October 26, 2009

• Varicella (Chickenpox) or History of Disease for Pre-K through 6th grade • Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) for Preschool • Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td/Tdap) Booster for 7 grade th

While not required, the meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all 11-18 year olds and certain high risk children between ages 2 and 10. The vaccine protects against 4 of the 5 most common strains of bacterial meningitis. Students initially entering Florida public and private schools are required to have a school entry health examination. Okaloosa County Health Department: (FWB) 833-9240 (Crestview) 689-7808

OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Elementary Early Release Day..............................................................................November 4, 2009 Veterans Day Holiday................................................................................................November 11, 2009 Thanksgiving Holidays..................................................................................... November 23-27, 2009 Elementary Early Release Day..............................................................................December 2, 2009 Winter Break Holidays........................................................................................ December 18, 2009 – January 1, 2010 Elementary Early Release Day.................................................................................... January 6, 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.................................................................................January 18, 2010 End of First Semester.....................................................................................................January 22, 2010 Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday....................................................................January 25, 2010 Elementary Early Release Day..................................................................................February 3, 2010 Washington’s Birthday Holiday..............................................................................February 15, 2010 Elementary Early Release Day........................................................................................ March 3, 2010 End: 3rd. Grading Period...................................................................................................March 25, 2010 Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday........................................................................March 26, 2010 Spring Break Holidays..................................................................................... March 29-April 2, 2010 Elementary Early Release Day............................................................................................. April 7, 2010 Elementary Early Release Day..............................................................................................May 5, 2010 Memorial Day Holiday............................................................................................................. May 31, 2010 End of Semester/Last Day for Students...............................................................June 10, 2010 Last Day for Teachers............................................................................................................June 14, 2010

This parent guide is provided to families of students of Okaloosa County Schools to offer some general information about our school system and programs. A variety of school options is available to parents to meet the needs of their child including public schools with controlled open enrollment, CHOICE institutes and academies, charter schools, virtual school, private schools and home education. More detailed information is available at www.okaloosaschools.com or can be obtained at your child’s school. 12


Ar e a Sch o o l s After-school programs – Many schools offer after-care programs in their facilities that may also include tutoring and organized homework sessions. Contact your school for more information. Academic Advisement – school guidance counselors work closely with teachers, administrators and parents. Services are provided in four content areas: academic achievement, career development, personal/social development, and community involvement. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s counselor for additional information specific to the school. District Contact Information Administrative Office Switchboard..............................................833-3100 Transportation – Central......................................................................833-4161 Transportation – North..........................................................................689-7301 Transportation – South.........................................................................833-3555 Promotion and Assessment Requirements The Pupil Progression Plan (PPP) specifies the requirements for promotion to the next grade level and for graduation. The Sunshine State Standards are benchmarks for what students should know and be able to do in each subject at each grade level. They are required as the curriculum in every public school in the state. There are 24 specific credits required to earn a diploma from an Okaloosa high school.

Progress Monitoring Plans (PMP) – If a student is not proficient in grade level curriculum and requires academic support, a plan of remediation will be developed in collaboration with the parent. The PMP will remain in place until the student consistently demonstrates grade level performance. Specialized Academic Opportunities for Students Okaloosa schools offer a variety of academic programs beyond the regular education classes for students. These programs include: • Gifted courses: Students must qualify through a testing and qualification process • Advanced Placement®: College level courses taught by high school teachers

Students receive report cards every 9 weeks. Subject area grades are based on academic achievement on the Sunshine State Standards. End of Course (EOC) exams are also taken by middle and high school students at the conclusion of the course.

• International Baccalaureate (IB): Internationally recognized course of study

The FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test) is given to students in grades 3-10 and includes a test of reading and mathematics. A separate writing test is given in grades 4, 8, and 10 and a science test is given in grades 5, 8, and 11. In order to graduate students must pass the reading and math tests. Exceptional education students (ESE) seeking a standard diploma are expected to participate in the FCAT assessments. Results from the FCAT are generally not available until the final days of school each year or in the summer. For more information about the FCAT visit www. fldoe.org and for practice questions visit www.fcatexplorer. com

• CHOICE/Career/Technical courses: In zoned schools or at Applied Technology Center

Services that may be available to Okaloosa students and families Mentoring – Mentors are critical in motivating students. Mentors are matched with students at all academic levels and many mentors are needed. Mentoring takes place on the school campus one day a week for about 30 minutes at a time that is convenient for both the student and the mentor. Contact the Office of Community Affairs at 833-7614.

• Dual enrollment: Qualified students take college courses for high school credit

• Virtual School: K-12 Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) for full and part-time virtual students Exceptional Student Education (ESE) The Okaloosa County School District offers a continuum of services through the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program to assist students with special needs, including gifted students. IEPs and EPs are developed by a team of individuals which includes the parent, teachers and other district staff. There are a myriad of classroom and testing accommodations that can be implemented for eligible ESE students. Some eligible ESE students are instructed using a modified curriculum based on special standards and will graduate with a special diploma. The Florida Department of Education offers a parental choice program for ESE students through John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. More information is available at www. floridaschoolchoice.org

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Ar e a Sch o o l s

Okaloosa County Public Schools Elementary

Antioch Elementary School Glenda Robinson, Principal

Middle/High/K-12

Baker School (K-12)

Tom Shipp, Principal

4700 Whitehurst Lane Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: 850-683-7540

1369 14th St. Baker, FL 32531 Phone: 850-689-7279

Bluewater Elementary School

Collegiate High School

Janet Norris, Principal

Charla Cotton, Director

4545 Range Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-833-4240

Bob Sikes Elementary School

Northwest Florida State College 100 College Boulevard Niceville, Florida 32578 Phone: 850-729-4949

Gay Massey, Principal

Crestview Senior High School

425 Adams Drive Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: 850-689-7268

Eglin Elementary School

Dr Karyn M Combs, Principal

200 Gaffney Road Eglin AFB, FL 32542 850-833-4320

Northwood Elementary School

Jacqueline Craig, Principal

501 4th Avenue Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: 850-689-7252

Riverside Elementary School

Donna Holloway, Principal

3400 East Redstone Ave. Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 850-689-7203

Walker Elementary School

Ed Coleman, Principal

1250 N. Ferdon Boulevard Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: 850-689-7177

Davidson Middle School

Beth Walthall, Principal

6261 Old Bethel Road Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: 850-683-7500

Laurel Hill School (K-12)

Susan Lowrey, Principal

8078 4th Street Laurel Hill, FL 32567 Phone: 850-652-4111

Niceville Senior High School

Linda Smith, Principal

800 John Sims Parkway East Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-833-4109

Jeanine Kirkland, Principal

Shoal River Middle School

2988 Stillwell Boulevard Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 850-689-7220

Bob Jones, Principal

Valparaiso Elementary School

Mike Fantaski, Principal

3200 Redstone Ave East Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 850-689-7229

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C a l endar February 15, 2010

President’s Day (all personnel out)

March 31, 2010

End of third nine weeks (47 days)

April 1, 2010

Professional Day (students out)

2010

April 2, 2010 Teacher Planning (students out) April 5 – 9, 2010 Spring Break (all personnel out) May 5, 2010

Early Release Day for Students/Planning/Training for Staff

May 31, 2010

Memorial Day (all personnel out)

June 10, 2010 Last Day for students End of fourth nine weeks (43 days) End of second semester (90 days) June 11, 2010

Professional Day

Graduation Dates May 27, 2010

Paxton High School (7 p.m.)

May 28, 2010

Walton High School (7 p.m.)

June 3, 2010

South Walton High School (7 p.m.)

June 4, 2010

Freeport High School (7 p.m.)

June 5, 2010 Walton Career Development Center (10 a.m.) Attention Administrators: All schedules, class rosters and other materials needed for the classroom are to be ready on August 17, 2009 to hand out to teachers. Teacher Work Days: April 2, 2010 is planning day for teachers to work in their classrooms. Early Release Days; May 5, 2010 is designated for teacher planning/training.

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ELEMENTARY

MIDDLE/HIGH

Freeport Elementary School Pam Jones, Principal Charlie Morse, TSA 850-892-1211 15381 US Hwy 331 Freeport, FL 32439 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fes/index.htm

Freeport Middle School Beth Tucker, Principal Mike Anderson, AA 850-892-1221 360 Kylea Laird Dr Freeport, FL 32439 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/ fms/home%20page.htm

Maude Saunders Elementary School Tracey Dickey, Principal Greg Douglass, AP 850-892-1260 416 John Baldwin Rd DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/mse

Walton Middle School Tripp Hope, Principal Vivian Powell, AP 850-892-1281 625 Park Avenue DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/ wms/INDEX.htm

Mossy Head Elementary School Ronita Hinote, Principal 850-892-1290 13270 Hwy 90 West DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/mhs

Freeport High School Shirley Foster, Principal Charles Marello, AA 850-892-1200 12615 US Hwy 331 S, Freeport 32439 http://150.176.104.105/

West DeFuniak Elementary School Darlene Paul, Principal Jason Campbell, TSA 850-892-1250 815 Lincoln Avenue DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/wde/index.htm

Walton High School Russell Hughes, Principal Terry Shoaf, AP 850-892-1270 449 Walton Rd DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/whs/index.htm


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ocated about a mile east of State Road 285 on U.S. Hwy 90, Blackstone is less than a 20 minute drive from Niceville, DeFuniak Springs and Crestview. Destin is only 30 minutes away. Designed by Bill Amick, Blackstone Golf Course has wide fairways and a playable rough. You don’t have to be a long hitter to shoot a low score. Bob Bonezzi, a local restaurateur and president of Bonezzi Development, is the driving force behind the new course and has done everything he can to make the course affordable and playable. Green fees are $39 and include a cart. Military, retired military and anyone over the age of 65 can play for $34, and for $25 you can play 9 holes from 1 p.m. – twilight, Monday – Friday.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Blackstone offers a 4,000 square foot clubhouse, a pro shop and bar & grill that will cater to the hungry and thirsty golfer. For more information, contact: Ty Bilbrey Club House Manager

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favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the nation, making this park a popular place for swimming, fishing, camping, and paddling. Shaded campsites are just a short walk from the river, and visitors can enjoy a picnic at a pavilion overlooking the river. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy strolling along trails through undisturbed natural communities. In 1980 the park was certified as a Registered State Natural Feature for possessing exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of Florida. Atlantic white cedars line the river and one of them was recognized in 1982 as a Florida Champion tree, one of the largest and oldest of its species. Located 15 miles northeast of Milton, off U.S. 90.

Blackwater River S tat e P a r k

Manager’s Message Come and spend the day with us and see what the real Florida is all about. In an effort to better serve visitors, our camping reservation system has received an upgrade. To make reservations, call Reserve America at (800)326-3521, (866)I CAMP FL, TDD (888)433-0287 or visit www.ReserveAmerica.com

Driving Directions Heading East on I-10 exit 31 (Hwy 87N), 1/2 mile, right turn on Hwy 90E, 7 miles to town of Harold, Left turn onto Deaton Bridge Road, 3 miles to main gate. Heading West on I-10 exit 45 to town of Holt (blinking light). Left turn onto Hwy 90, Approximately 15 miles to the town of Harold, right turn on Deaton Bridge Road, 3 miles to main gate.

Park Fees

Admission Fee: $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Picnic Pavilion Rental Fees: $35.00 per day, plus tax. Camping Fee: $20.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity.

Hours of Operation 8:00 – Sunset

850-983-5363 7720 Deaton Bridge Road Holt, Florida 32564

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Henderson Beach S tat e P a r k

17000 Emerald Coast Parkway • Destin, Florida 32541 Hours of Operation 8:00am – Sunset • Ph: 850-837-7550 friends to a relaxing day at the park? Whether you like to Welcome to Henderson Beach State Park

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ristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Two large pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. A playground is the first stop on our nature trail and is sure to be a success with the kids. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife and is pet friendly. Camping at Henderson Beach State Park provides 60 campsites that are located in our secondary dune system. The sites include water and electric hookups and access to air conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. A separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers and a playground are included in our campground. Henderson Beach is A.D.A accessible and includes beach wheel chair availability. Visitors can enjoy truly breathtaking sunsets while relaxing by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. The park is located just east of Destin on U.S. 98.

Manager’s Message Now is the perfect time to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the Emerald Coast. Why not treat family and

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fish, hike or swim, Henderson Beach State Park has something for everyone. Take a peaceful walk on our sugar white sand, or just explore the nature trail through the dune system. Or simply bring a chair, umbrella, and a good book and enjoy a peaceful day at the beach. Camping at Henderson Beach is second to none. Please make your reservations early online at www.ReserveAmerica. com or by phone 1-800-326-3521. The campground stays busy in the spring and summer, so the earliest you plan your trip the better.

Park Fees

Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Camping Fees: $30.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity. Picnic Pavilion Rental Fees: Please call Carolyn at (850)269-1062 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for more details, or leave a message. $100.00 per day, plus tax. The East Pavilion seats 100. $100.00 per day, plus tax. The West Pavilion seats 100.


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e welcome you to the beautiful and serene Rocky Bayou State Park where you can truly enjoy the Real Florida. Now is the perfect time to rent a kayak and explore the bayou. Or simply meander along one of our nature trails. Need a good workout? Why go to a gym? We have a fitness trail! Come and try it out! Rocky Bayou is located on the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay and is bordered by the Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve. Our park visitors can enjoy canoeing and kayaking, viewing aquatic wildflowers, spotting osprey nests or observing wildlife in its natural environment. To maximize your appreciation of this idyllic setting, canoes and kayaks can be rented for two hours, half day, or all day. Please contact the park office for prices and more information. Camping is always serene at Rocky Bayou. Bring the family out for an overnight trip or for a long weekend. Please make your reservations online at www.ReserveAmerica.com or by phone 1-800-326-3521. The campground stays very busy in the spring and summer, so make your reservations early. Rocky Bayou, the main feature of the park, is the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay and is popular for boating and fishing. A double-lane boat ramp makes this one of the best boat launching locations on the bay, where both freshwater and saltwater fish are found. Other opportunities for fun include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Puddin Head Lake, at the center of the park, is a great spot for freshwater fishing and canoeing. A well shaded campground is available for full facility camping.

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Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou S tat e P a r k

Driving Directions

From the west: Take Interstate 10 east to highway 85 south until you reach highway 20. Go east on highway 20. Park will be approximately 5 miles on the left. From the east: Take Interstate 10 west to highway 331 south until you reach highway 20. Go west on highway 20 approximately 25 miles until you see signs for park on right.

Park Fees Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Camping Fee: $16.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity. User Fees: $5.00 Boat ramp fee. $75.00 per day, plus tax, Pavilion rental.

Hours of Operation 8:00 – Sunset

850-833-9144 4281 Hwy 20 Niceville, Florida 32578

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Deep-Sea Fishing Destin has been called the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” because of its 1st class deep sea fishing, offshore sport fishing and our great bay fishing. With over 26 years experience in the Destin charter boat fishing fleet, we book only the best boats with the best captains and crews, and we are not bound by a rotation system. We book back Bay light tackle trips, family fishing trips, corporate and company fishing trips, as well as deep water big fish trips and overnight trips. All boats are air conditioned with clean restrooms and bunks. Destin is home to one of the largest deep sea charter boat fleets in the U.S. Over 90 state of the art Destin sportfishing and Back Bay boats, fish from 1 to 100 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico to bring fun and excitement to their anglers. We have world class bottom fishing for red snappers, groupers, amberjacks. Inshore trolling with light tackle for king mackerels, dolphin fish, wahoos and tunas or offshore fishing for blue and white marlin, sailfish and great light tackle Bay fishing for redfish, speckled trout and flounders.

All this and much more is available in Destin, Florida. Whether you are bringing your family or your clients and employees or just a group of friends, one of Destin’s top charter boat captains can show them the deep sea fishing experience of a lifetime. FishDestin.com can arrange a day’s charter boat fishing for you on the Gulf of Mexico or in the Bay. We also list some of the best resorts, hotels, restaurants and other fun activities to make your vacation the best ever. Whether you want the experience of fishing on one of Destin’s CHARTER BOATS, PARTY BOATS or enjoying some BACK BAY FISHING…

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Florida’s Gulfarium * 1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE * Ft Walton Bch, FL 32548 * 850-243-9046

www.gulfarium.com Annual Pass: As a member of Florida’s Gulfarium, you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits while supporting a worthwhile cause. Members receive many benefits. Book an Event: You can hold your next birthday party, family reunion, special company event, or even a live concert at Florida’s Gulfarium. Adopt an Animal: Florida’s Gulfarium is home to more than 200 marine mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and more. If you want to feel truly connected, consider our Adopt an Animal program. Meet & Greet: This is your chance to get up close and personal to mingle with the stars of the Gulfarium. Feed them! Pet them! Learn about them! Help them perform a behavior. Aqua Farm: Florida’s Gulfarium is a state certified aquaculture facility. The farm, known as Aqua Farm is located in the Gulfarium tropical aquarium gallery. The Gulfarium Aqua Farm is licensed to sell quality coral, live rock and other aquarium products.

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Discover Walton County Morrison Springs

Seagrove

Seaside

Grayton Beach

Western Lake

Camp Creek Lake

Topsail Park

Visit www.waltonoutdoors.com for more places to discover in Walton County Florida and the surrounding area


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