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The Ochlockonee River offers perfect examples of the scenic natural characteristics found along north Florida's Gulf coast. Visitors have an excellent opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities offered by land as well as by water in this 392-acre park.

Because the park is nestled in scenic pine flatwoods, it is the perfect area for nature studies. Small grass ponds, bayheads and oak thickets provide a diversity of biological communities especially suitable for wildlife. Animals such as deer, fox squirrel, bobcat, gray fox and numerous species of birds are commonly observed. Of special interest is the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, unusual in that it makes its next cavities in living, mature pine trees.

The Ochlockonee, which is joined by the Dead River offers visitors an ideal setting for a picnic with a view. A boat ramp provides access to the river, Ochlockonee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The park is considered an excellent location for both canoeing and fishing. Both fresh and saltwater species may be caught, including largemouth bass, bream, catfish and speckled perch in the fresh waters. Redfish and speckled trout are common in the brackish water. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older. A saltwater fishing license is required for the taking of saltwater species.

Family camping and separate youth camping facilities are 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.

For more information, contact:
Ochlockonee River State Park
P. O. Box 5
Sopchoppy, Florida 32358
(850) 962-2771

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