Coastal Dune Lakes
Stunningly beautiful are my first thoughts when asked about our coastal dune lakes. These natural masterpieces are only found, in North America, along the Beaches of South Walton and we are blessed with 15 lakes that have over 26 miles of coastline. This map provides the names and locations of each.
What makes these lakes unique? They share an intermittent connection with the Gulf of Mexico called an outfall. Since the lakes are fed by run-off, rain, and surge, the outfall provides a means for flood control, draining excess water into the Gulf. The outfall also provides a pathway for salt water to enter during high tide. The result is a diverse eco system.
Recreational Activities along the Coastal Dune lakes
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the areas around Coastal Dune Lakes and enjoy a myriad of activities. On a sunny day, you will see a flotilla of stand up paddle boards (SUP’s), kayaks, and canoes on the sparkling water. Many are seeking a few tranquil moments with nature while others are enjoying a vigorous workout.
Since many of the lakes are surrounded by State Parks, there are miles and miles of hiking trails. The Timpoochee Trail encompasses all lakes between Stallworth and Camp Creek and is great way to view several of these gems on one outing.
The lakes contain both fresh and saltwater fish and anglers frequently catch panfish, catfish, bream, redfish, trout, and other species. Light action tackle is recommended as most fish are less than 7 lbs.
Topsail Hill State Park is home to three of the most pristine and undeveloped lakes and has limited camping facilities. They also have direct access to one of the most private beaches in South Walton. Make your reservations early if you plan on staying here.
Grayton Beach State Park also has camping and provides access to Western Lake. You can rent canoes and paddle boards at the WaterColor recreation center on Western Lake or you may choose to take in the views from a bicycle.
If you are looking for new experiences during your next visit to Scenic 30A or just looking for a relaxing outing, be sure and check out our coastal dune lakes.
Tim Shepard, Broker/Owner
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