E.O. who and what?
Watch the video below. Harrison Ford will explain it to you. (Seriously.)
From the pristine emerald waters of our Gulf of Mexico to rare coastal dune lakes to the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and river system, South Walton is one of the most eco-diverse places you’ll ever find.
A great way to explore and learn more about South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes is by joining Murray Balkcom of WalCo Eco Tours for a kayak or YOLO Board cruise across Western Lake. Murray takes both groups and individuals, explaining local plant and wildlife as you explore.
Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida.
In fact, South Walton has 15 named coastal dune lakes along its 26 miles of coastline.
They are (moving from west to east): Fuller Lake, Morris Lake, Campbell Lake, Stallworth Lake, Allen Lake, Oyster Lake, Draper Lake, Big Redfish Lake, Little Redfish Lake, Alligator Lake, Western Lake, Eastern Lake, Deer Lake, Camp Creek Lake and Lake Powell, adjacent to Camp Helen and Inlet Beach.
Whether you’re into fishing (gulf, bay, river or lake), skiing or wakeboarding, sailing, sunset dinner cruises, or just gliding over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Crab Island, Shell Island or Destin Harbor for a full day of fun in the sun, there’s just nothing quite like being on a boat.
Stretching some 30 miles from end-to-end and spanning 4 to 6 miles across at any given point, Choctawhatchee Bay is home to a teeming abundance of redfish, speckled trout, shrimp, oysters, gulf menhaden, blue crab, flounder, striped mullet, white mullet, and of course, the ever-delightful dolphins.
Choctawhatchee Bay’s also home to endangered species, including the giant gulf sturgeon (think huge alligator-looking fish), which seasonally migrate through the bay up into the Choctawhatchee River system to spawn.
The bay and its adjoining bayous and rivers are ideal for boating, fishing, YOLO boarding, kayaking and eco tours. For deep-sea excursions, the Gulf can easily be accessed through the pass in Destin, or using the gorgeous Intercoastal Canal to travel east to the pass in Panama City Beach. Both Destin and PCB have lively harbors lined with fun restaurants and bars for boaters to enjoy.
Docked at the marina at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, the new SunVenture I is a 45-foot catamaran, and it’s the only family boat excursion available east of Destin.
SunVenture’s eco / dolphin / sunset cruises feature a 2-hour narrated tour that enables guests to explore Choctawhatchee Bay and experience Emerald Coast sea life up close (including dolphins, sting rays and birds).