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Scenic stretches of undeveloped coastline are the perfect backdrop for a wide range of recreational activities.

 

Fishing

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Enjoy year-round freshwater and saltwater fishing. Catfish, black bass and bream are the most popular freshwater species taken; saltwater favorites include red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, striped bass and sheepshead. Carry appropriate licenses and permits.

 

Paddling

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Paddlers can launch canoes and kayaks at primitive launch facilities located at two campsites and explore the scenic coastline and meandering tidal creeks along Blackwater Bay.


Hiking

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Just under two miles of hiking trails Adobe PDF wind through Escribano Point WMA. The trails pass through restored sandhill habitat and offer glimpses at a wide variety of plant and animal species.

The Bayside Loop and Blackwater Loop trails can be accessed from the parking area at the Bayside Campground or from a parking area off of Grassy Point Road. The Bayside Loop travels 0.5 miles while the Blackwater Loop, an extension off of the Bayside Loop, is 0.2 miles in its entirety. Watch for seasonally wet conditions near the beginning of the Bayside Loop.

The Fundy Bayou Loop begins and ends at the Bayou Campground informational kiosk. Follow the white blazes on the trees as you pass through the oaks and pines that make up this intact sandhill habitat. The trail travels 0.78 miles and creatures ranging from bald eagles, to neotropical warblers, to southern black racers may be seen along the trail.

Hunting

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Hunters will find seasons for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. A quota permit is required for all seasons except small game. Check the regulations summary and hunt calendar before you visit.  

   

Wildlife Viewing

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The diverse fresh and saltwater habitats support a variety of resident and migratory wildlife, from deer and turkey to beaver and black bear. Visit the Wildlife page for more details.

 

Camping

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Enjoy year-round primitive camping (no potable water or electricity) at two shady campgrounds offering excellent scenery and easy access to beautiful stretches of undeveloped coastline. All campers must obtain a free permit/site reservation using the online reservation system or by calling the Northwest Regional Office at (850)265-3676 during regular business hours only (Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm CST).



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