09 June 2010
392-Acre Park Absolutely
Ideal for Outdoor Activities
The Ochlockonee River State Park, located on Highway 319 south of Sopchoppy, is still another example of the successful efforts on the part of the state and federal governments to preserve the natural beauty and bounty that can only be found on Florida's Forgotten Coast.
Visitors to this spacious 392-acre park are provided an excellent opportunity to enjoy land and water outdoor activities.
The Ochlockonee River, which is joined by the Dead River, offers visitors an ideal setting for a picnic with a waterfront view. While the boat ramp provides access to the Ochlockonee River, Ochlockonee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
The park is a favorite location among conventional boaters, canoeists and fishing enthusiasts. Because of its proximity to the Gulf, both fresh and saltwater species may be caught. Largemouth bass, bream, catfish and speckled perch are the leading fresh water fish. Redfish and speckled trout are abundant in the brackish water.
Family camping and separate youth camping facilities are also provided, as are swimming and picnic areas.
Nature trails are located along the river and throughout the pine forest. During summer months, ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are provided. It is also the perfect area for nature studies. Animals such as deer, fox squirrel, bobcat, gray fox and numerous species of birds are routinely spotted. As is the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker which makes its nest cavities in living, mature pine trees.
For more information, contact: Ochlockonee River State Park, P.O. Box 5, Sopchoppy, Florida 32358,(850) 962-2771.
(A considerable amount of information for this article was gathered from the State of Florida Park System website - provided by the Department of Environmental Protection.)