Fishing and Boating
Fishing in this area of Florida is outstanding and bountiful because of the fabulous ecosystem. Enjoy surf fishing, deep-sea fishing, freshwater fishing, snorkeling, swimming, scalloping, boating, skiing, sailing and eco-tours. The 14,366-acre Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve acts as a nursery for the Gulf Coast, serving as a breeding ground for grouper, shrimp, blue crabs, flounder, trout, mullet, snapper, cobia, tarpon, redfish and many other species.
To see a list of fishing guides in the area, please visit the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida or Robinson Brothers Guide Service. Saltwater guides Capt. Tommy Robinson and his brother Capt. Chris Robinson have been featured in numerous magazines, including Men's Journal, Southern Living, Field & Stream, Sports Afield and Outdoor Life. Trips are available year-round on Apalachicola Bay and St. Joe Bay. Special discounts are available for SummerCamp Beach owners and renters.
Nearby Boat Landings and Marinas
Apalachicola National Forest
Ochlockonee River State Park
The Moorings of Carrabelle
St. George Island State Park
Tate's Hell State Forest
Kayaking and Canoeing
The Forgotten Coast offers outstanding opportunities to explore the area by kayak and canoe. The local state and national parks offer various paddling trail systems along the many local rivers, or you can kayak off the beach at SummerCamp Beach®.
Kayaks and canoes are available to homeowners from the SummerCamp Beach Kayak Shack. Paddle inshore on a self-guided tour along the beach and marshes watching for shore birds and tailing redfish. More experienced anglers can try their hand at fishing for a giant tarpon.
The City of Carrabelle, located about 10 miles west of the community, offers a variety of dining establishments that offer a small-town feel.
If you would like to venture out about 33 miles west, the historic fishing village of Apalachicola has plenty of dining options famous for its Apalachicola oysters! Apalachicola harvests over 90 percent of the oysters sold in Florida and 10 percent of the nationwide supply.
Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along North Florida's Gulf Coast can be found at Bald Point State Park. Bald Point offers coastal marshes, pine flatwoods and oak thickets that foster a diversity of biological communities, making the park a popular destination for birding and wildlife viewing.
From Ochlockonee River State Park's boat ramp it is a four-mile run to the Ochlockonee Bay and an additional five miles to the Gulf.
The Apalachicola National Forest, comprising 564,961 acres on gently rolling flat terrain, is the largest national forest in Florida. Located southwest of Tallahassee, it was established in 1936 on land that was in poor condition due to bad timber and turpentine-producing practices. The Apalachicola National Forest is now a healthy, diverse, productive forest with the largest red-cockaded woodpecker population in the world.
Tate's Hell State Forest offers a variety of recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. There are 35 miles of rivers, streams and creeks available for canoeing, boating and fishing.
Birding and Wildlife
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, Wakulla Springs State Park plays host to an abundance of wildlife. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view. Birding and wildlife observation is also abundant at the Bald Point State Park, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Apalachicola National Forest.
Just 33 miles away is the quaint, town of Apalachicola. Spend time browsing through the unique galleries, stores and antique shops or enjoy a dozen of the famous Apalachicola oysters! Once the third-largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola has a diverse and colorful past that remains visible today. There are over 200 historic homes and buildings on the National Register. Stroll along wide tree-lined streets where picturesque Victorian homes display the charm of years gone by.
Explore the amazing heritage of the Forgotten Coast by touring the museums and historic sites around SummerCamp Beach.
Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle was built in 1895 to replace the one on Dog Island destroyed by a hurricane in 1873. The fully restored lighthouse is located two miles west of Tillie Miller Bridge.
The St. George Island Lighthouse was originally built in 1852. It stood on Little St. George Island for more than 150 years before collapsing in the surf in October of 2005. Preserved bricks and original pieces of the iron lantern room served as patterns for the reconstructed Camp Gordon Johnston Lighthouse, which stands at St. George Lighthouse Park in the center of the island.
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