This 835-acre preserve protects one of Florida's last remaining tracts of wet prairie, including the largest community of pitcher plants in the state. The carnivorous plants flourish here, passively trapping insects in specialized tube-shaped leaves and absorbing nutrients from their decomposing prey. The preserve is located in Santa Rosa County on Garcon Point, which separates Escambia Bay from Blackwater Bay. Nearly 20 rare and endangered species of plants and animals make their homes along the bay and its wet prairies, dome swamps, and flatwoods. This land became a state park in 2000.
The purple flower pitcher plant produces some of the most colorful flowers of the pitcher plant genus, sarracenia.
Yellow River Marsh State Park helps protect the water quality of East Bay where water activities are very popular.