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Reported: Nov. 2015

Yellow River... Paddling Florida's Panhandle

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



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Distance: 54 mile Designated Paddling Trail (total 118 miles in Alabama and Florida)
Location: Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties (Crestview, Milton and Milligan)
Difficulty: Easy to difficult
Tidal: No
Launch points: CR 2 Bridge, Milligan Park, Rivers Edge RV Park, Guest Lake Ramp, Log Lake Ramp, SR 87 bridge (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Crestview and Milton (links, above right)
Nearby Points of interest: Blackwater River State Park

The Yellow River Designated Paddling Trail runs 54 miles through Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties with six access points. The upper portion through hardwood forest features swift currents and high banks. Downstream, the river widens and more motorboat traffic will be encountered. Water levels can fluctuate rapidly so be aware - when water is running high, paddling can be difficult or dangerous. Because this is a remote area, the most secure parking is at Rivers Edge RV Park.

Below SR 90 much of the land on the south side of the river is in Eglin Air Force Base; while some facilities are available to the public, a base recreation permit must be obtained.

Camping is available in the Yellow River Wildlife Management Area and at Rivers Edge RV Park. Wildlife include song birds, alligators, turtles, and a variety of fish.

Paddling at Yellow River
(tap or hover over photo for larger view)
CR2 Bridge (Oak Grove Boat Ramp) - mile 0
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River seen from
CR2 Bridge
Access road Ramp/launch River under
the bridge
Picnic tables at parking area
Launch at Milligan Park - mile 18
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Parking/staging area Ramp Sandy beach option for launching River seen from launching point
Launch at Guest Lake - mile 37
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Access road through the forest Parking and picnic Ramp/launch Paddle down the
creek to the river
Motorboats may be encountered
Launch at SR 87 Bridge - mile 54
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Access from road to parking/launch Parking at the bridge Ramp/launch Short canal from launch to river This is also a trailhead for the Florida National Scenic Trail

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

- Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Yellow River Designated Paddling Trail

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