Paddle Lake Powell

Spend a magical day paddling on beautiful Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in Florida.While paddling be on the lookout for wild heron, egrets, river otter, and osprey. Or try your hand at fishing.

Within the 185 acres, the park comprises a wide variety of uplands, wetlands and shoreline habitats which include beach dunes, maritime hammock, sand pines, scrub oaks, music flat woods, tidal and depression marshes.

Surrounded by water on three sides -Lake Powell on the north and east, a salt marsh on the west and the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Camp Helen is unique in many ways. Lake Powell is the largest of the rare coastal dune lakes in NW Florida flowing on the Bay County and Walton County line.

A large area near the beach is a favored nesting area for nine protected species of birds. A large population of Least Terns return annually for nesting. Small numbers of Snowy Plovers also nest on our beach. Protected areas are clearly marked and should be avoided during the nesting season.