Don’t Miss the Choctawhatchee River Fest, May 13

WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA–APRIL 2017–Don’t miss the Choctawhatchee River Fest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 13, at Walton County’s Morrison Springs, 874 Morrison Springs Road, Ponce de Leon, Florida.

Children of all ages will enjoy a dip in the cool spring waters, fishing, boating and taking part in the many fun activities planned throughout the day. Plan to participate in the Kids Casting Rally, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. A Fun Paddle will offer canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and hydrobikes, hosted by Old Cypress Canoe Rentals and Emerald Coast Hydrobikes. Walton Outdoors will be onsite to assist with water events. Black Creek Café will be providing food and drink, including hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and drinks.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Northwest Florida Water Management District, Bay County Audubon Society and Paddle Florida will be onsite.  Take time to check out the static display, also onsite, with information on the trail improvement project.

Scenic beauty abounds at a combination of natural and man-made attractions throughout the RiverWay South Region. Whether following a nationally designated scenic byway route, navigating the region’s picturesque waterways or exploring the preserved lands of a State Park, visitors find not only beauty, but also countless recreational opportunities. 

Referred to as a watery Eden, RiverWay South is best known for the majestic Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee Rivers and is also home to the Ochlockonee and Chipola Rivers and Ecofina and Holmes Creeks. The Choctawhatchee River originates in southern Alabama and meanders through northwest Florida before ending in the Choctawhatchee Bay. The RiverWay South Region is home to sandy-bottom springs and underwater caves, popular with divers from around the world.

The region is celebrated for popular activities like freshwater fishing and paddling, but hiking, biking, beach activities, birding and wildlife viewing are also favorites . . . and that’s only the beginning. Identified as a “biological jewel” and one of six biodiversity hot spots in the nation, this panhandle region is recognized for its “combination of species rarity and richness.”