The best put-ins are listed here.
Direct sand launch to Alligator Harbor with parking.
Located on 12th Street, about 4 miles west of downtown Apalachicola. The facility has a paved ramp, three docks, ample parking, and picnic facilities. It is near the Bay City Lodge, which has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations.
Clyde Hopkins Landing & Indian Mound
Located on the Apalachicola River, the landing has excellent views of and access to the river. Adjacent to the boat ramp is one of three remaining Chattahoochee Indian mounds built by the Muscogee Indians from Mexico in the Fort Walton period of 1450-1650.
This landing at Owl Creek offers camping, picnic tables, restrooms, drinking water, a boat landing, and fishing and hiking trails.
This landing is at the terminus of River Street in Blountstown. The facility has picnic tables and benches with an outstanding view of the Apalachicola River.
Sand Beach Recreation Area
Boardwalk and dock for access to the Apalachicola River and creeks.
Whiskey George Landing
Features a handicapped accessible landing with access to the creek and the Apalachicola River.
Bald Point State Park – Tucker Lake and Chaires Creek
Located 3/4 mile from US 98 off County Rd 370 on the left. Range Road is a paved drive which reaches the interior of the park and provides access to a fishing bridge over the tidal Chaires Creek and a canoe and kayak launch on Tucker Lake. Access to the kayak and canoe launch is just off the paved drive south of the bridge down a dirt service road. This facility provides access directly into Tucker Lake, a large brackish lake connected to the Ochlockonee Bay via Chaires Creek.
Riverfront Launch – Main Street Landing
Located downtown on the riverfront walk with cleaning stations.
Johnny Boy Landing
Follow the graded dirt road to the banks of the Chipola River. This scenic landing is a good put-in spot and has portable toilets.
Look and Tremble
One of the most photographic shots of the Chipola River is at the “Look and Tremble” rapids, which provide a real adventure for experienced paddlers. It is best visited when the water level is low. A nearby facility has picnic tables.
Scotts Ferry Landing – Chipola River
On the lower Chipola River, this landing has a nice General Store with kayak/canoe rentals, camping, and cabins.
Located in Marianna on SR 73, this Chipola River access is located at the southwest end of the bridge, near Citizen’s Lodge Park.
Buena Vista Landing
Walk along the shoreline of this scenic landing on the Chattahoochee River.
Parramore is a wonderful spot to get out the fishing gear, have a picnic lunch, and take photographs. The lovely facility has bathrooms, dock, boat launch, tables, and grills.
Choctawhatchee River & Bay
Cowford Boat Landing
Operated by Walton County, this facility has a good, wide, single lane concrete boat ramp with steel ramp at the water’s edge. It has designated paved parking for 11 vehicles with boat trailers, 1 handicap designated parking space, and a nice covered pavilion with picnic tables and grill.
East Pittman Landing
The Choctawhatchee River is Florida’s fourth longest river, traveling approximately 170 miles from its beginnings in Alabama to the Choctawhatchee River basin, bay, and into the Gulf of Mexico. This alluvial river encompasses a broad flood plain that nourishes farmland and old growth hardwood forests. Among its secrets are at least 13 springs, a history of pirates, and rumors of the elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker hidden among the wetlands. The river, the bay, and their adjacent watersheds collectively drain 5,350 square miles. East Pittman Landing offers excellent riverfront views, a pavilion, two picnic tables, grills, and bathroom facilities, as well as a nice drive along the river. The Choctawhatchee is popular with kayakers and canoeists. The river features great fishing for Largemouth Bass, Shellcracker, Bluegill, Sunshine Bass, Crappie, Striped Bass, Bream, Catfish, and Spotted Bass.
Kellogg Bayfront Park
Located 3 miles north of US 98 in South Walton on CR 393, this picturesque 10-acre parcel was deeded to Walton County in 2003 by the late Pat Kellogg, land owner and nature lover. Park development is a collaboration between the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Walton County Public Works and Parks and Recreation. Used as a wildlife nature preserve and educational center, it boasts panoramic vistas of Choctawhatchee Bay, along with easy access to the bay for kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Amenities include a vessel ramp, several picnic tables, shower, water fountain, and water spigot.
Econfina Creek Canoe Livery
Enjoy the lush sub-tropical vegetation, unique honeycomb limestone banks, and six major spring areas that combine to make this Florida’s most beautiful canoe trail! Debbie Gay, her husband Cliff, and their family run the livery, which offers canoe/kayak rentals and shuttle service (cash only). They are open 7 days a week. So, pack a lunch and bring your snorkel. Econfina Creek Canoe Livery is located one mile north of SR 20, eight miles east of Hwy. 77. Take Strickland Road to Porter Pond Road in Youngstown, Florida. Call 850-722-9032 for more information or visit www.canoeecofinacreek.net.
Located at 3081 Culpepper Ln in the Washington County city of Vernon, it can be accessed off CR277.
It is a short paddle north to Cypress Spring from Culpepper Landing for a refreshing dip in a magnitude 2 spring. The paddle upstream is approximately .75 mile and moderate as the Holmes Creek has a fairly slow current in this area. The spring run is full of native water plants including spatterdock and pickerelweed. Turtles and fish are abundant as well. The spring is located on private property so paddling or boating is the only access to this clear spring. The landing has picnic facilities and boat ramp.
The facility has a single concrete boat ramp with parking for about 10-12 vehicles with trailers. The Landing has trash containers, a fire pit, and restroom. There is a very photographic spring to the left of the ramp.
Vernon Wayside Park and Canoe Livery
In Vernon, Holmes Creek opens up and is an easy paddle with slow current and clear water. The small park has a boat ramp and the canoe livery next door offers kayak and canoe rentals.
Lake Seminole Landing
Offers direct access to Lake Seminole, just north of Three Rivers State Park.
Sneads Park & River Road Landing
Both sites offer direct lake access.
Three Rivers State Park
Joe Budd WMA
Follow the left fork to the fishing pier to access this boat launch.
Pat Thomas Park at Hopkins Landing
This is one of Gadsden County’s unspoiled finds. Located on Lake Talquin, it is a quiet place for boating, picnicking, or a weekend RV camping experience. There is a pavilion, a boat ramp, several docks, a free public fishing pier, bathrooms, and a playground. The RV campsites sit right along the water’s edge, offering an amazing view with barbecue grills and campfire rings as well as bathhouses.
Ochlockonee Bay Landing
The facility is located at the base of the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge with dock, picnic, trash facilities, and access to shoreline fishing sites.
Womack Creek Recreation Area
Features a landing with access to the Ochlockonee River.
St. George Island
St. George Sound
The landing is located in the middle of the park with boat and kayak access to St. George Sound. A smaller sand launch with canoe rentals is located near the Youth Camp Area.