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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Northwest Region

Northwest Region

The FWC’s Northwest Region encompasses 16 counties in the panhandle from Escambia to Jefferson. The region is home to 25 wildlife management areas, one national forest, water management district lands, and numerous state parks with historic value, including St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, one of the most well attended parks in the state. In addition to the busy Gulf of Mexico coastline, the region is also home to many freshwater rivers and lakes.  Panhandle beaches are considered some of the most beautiful in the world and attract high numbers of visitors each year. Several offshore wrecks and reefs in the region also make diving and spear fishing popular activities. The many rivers and bays throughout the region provide abundant kayaking and fishing opportunities. Deer season and red snapper season are two of the many recreational opportunities which draw large numbers of participants across the region.