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Description - Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park was acquired in 1966 through a lease agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The 357-acre recreation area was named for U.S. Air Force Colonial Fred Gannon who was instrumental in the construction of the park. The park is noted for its sandpine forest where large, mature sand pines tower over other scrub vegetation such as rosemary, reindeer moss and scrub oaks. Indian middens and artifacts can be seen throughout the park.

Attractions - With one mile of shoreline running within the park, Rocky Bayou is the perfect location for fishing, boating and nature study. In addition to a fresh water lake, wetlands and submerged areas, Rocky Bayou attracts and supports an abundance of wildlife. Saltwater fish may be caught in Rocky Bayou. Access is provided by a boat ramp near the northwest corner of the park. Freshwater fishing is available where Rocky Creek flows into the bay. Salt and freshwater fishing licenses are required in Florida. Three trail loops are designated within the park. A self-guided booklet for the Sand Pine Trail interprets the natural values of the sandpine forest. The Rocky Bayou and Red Cedar nature trails meander through other prominent plant communities. Ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are offered seasonally. Campsites and picnic shelters overlook scenic Rocky Bayou, an arm of Choctawhatchee Bay.

Recreation - Recreations availalbe at Rocy Bayou including camping, canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located five miles east of Niceville on State Route 20.

Directions from Niceville, FL: Travel east along State Route 20 approximately five miles. The campground is located in the eastern area of the park, waterside.

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Filed By: willie lump lump
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: It is a clean park. It is not a good place to swim or fish. Ther were signs warning you of the toxins in the water. The lake is nothing but a swamp where all of the run off water goes. No collecting of fire wood. You can buy ther fire wood.. a bundle of 4 sticks for four dollars. It is more catering to RVers. IT is kept real clean though. Bathrooms wereclean as a four star hotel..and air conditioned(no joke)

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Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area, 4281 Highway 20 , Niceville, FL, 32578, Phone: 850-833-9144

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Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Northwest Florida - Sugar white sand, emerald green waters, intriguing geological formations, natural springs, rich history, charming villages, miles of caves, and yearly festivals come together offering the vacationer endless outdoor recreation in Northwest Florida.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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