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Reported: Nov. 2015

Perdido River... Paddling on the Florida/Alabama border

We visited launches along the Perdido River Designated Paddling Trail in Florida's Panhandle for a possible future paddling trip, and present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below)



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Distance: 15 mile Designated Paddling Trail (total 65 miles in Alabama and Florida)
Location: Escambia County (closest city: Pensacola)
Difficulty: Easy
Tidal: No
Launch points: Fillingim Landing, The Pipes Landing, Muscogee Bridge, I-10 Bridge, Sand Landing (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Cantonment (link, above right)
Nearby Points of interest: Pensacola

The Perdido River originates in Alabama and forms part of the boundary between Alabama and Florida. The Perdido River Designated Paddling Trail runs 15 miles through Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties with five access points. (Note: the State's online paddling trail description only covers three - Fillingim, Pipes and Sand Landings). From Fillingim to The Pipes landing, the river is swift, narrow and twisty with many sandbars for stretching or picnicking. Below The Pipes, it becomes wider and slower with fewer sandbars.

We did not find Fillingim Landing to be kayak-friendly, the launch was at the bottom of a series of steps with a drop at the bottom - we're guessing this is popular with tubers (pretty much confirned by the large number of tubes we saw for rent!). At The Pipes Landing, there was a sandy beach down steps or a steep sandbar.

The river is scenic with woodlands and many sandbars. Wildlife include birds, turtles, deer and otter.

Paddling at Perdido River
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Fillingim Landing - mile 0
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Entrance at CR97 1/3 mile drive to river Parking/staging area Ramp to river River - note the launch on the right - steps down to the water
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Steps down to the water - not kayak friendly, but popular with tubers Views from the landing
The Pipes Landing - mile 4.3
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One-mile access road to the river Parking/staging area To the launch area Steps down, or slide your watercraft
down the river bank
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River views from the landing
Launch at Adventures Perdido (2 miles south of The Pipes Landing)
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Launching at Adventures Perdido River at
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Fees to self-launch

More information on paddling at Perdido River (opens in a new window):

- Florida Office of Greenways and Trails-Paddling Trails:
- Perdido River Designated Paddling Trail (file download)

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