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Reported: Oct. 2015

Shoal River... Paddling Florida's Panhandle

We haven't yet paddled the Designated Paddling Trail on the Shoal River in the Florida Panhandle so cannnot make specific comments, but visited its two launches and present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below)



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Distance: 9.5 mile Designated Paddling Trail
Location: Ocaloosa County (Crestview)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: No
Launch points: Ray Barnes Public Boat Ramp
(SR90), Bill Duggan Jr. Park (SR85) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Crestview (link, above right)
Nearby Points of interest: Blackwater River State Park

The Shoal River Designated Paddling Trail runs 9.5 miles from Ray Barnes Public Boat Ramp (SR90) to Bill Duggan Jr. Park (SR85). Both launches have shared boat ramps, both have ample parking and and are easy off-on. Both had motor boat trailers in the parking areas, we presume paddlers need to be aware of the boat traffic on Shoal River. Others have commented on the abundant wildlife and scenic paddling, so we look forward to visiting at a future date.

Paddling at Shoal River
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Launch at Ray Burns Public Boat Launch (mile 0)
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The concrete boat ramp is off the road under the SR 90 bridge.
Ample parking including boat trailers, no other facilities.
Launch at Bill Duggan Jr. Park (mile 9.5)
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Bill Duggan Park includes restrooms, playground, picnic area and ample parking.
A sandy launch area is available next to the concrete boat ramp.
There were many boat trailers and boating activity in the area.

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

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

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