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Picnic pavilion awaiting guests at Econfina River State Park. Trail riders getting an early morning start on one of the 2.6 miles of multi-use trails at Econfina River State Park. The salt marsh grasses stretch over the water. An American alligator, a native inhabitant of Econfina River State Park, heads to a more secluded resting spot.
Econfina River State Park
Launching into a day of recreation and fishing from Econfina River State Park.

History and Culture

In the 1860s, Confederate deserters camped along the banks of the Econfina during the Civil War. Pledged to assist Union blockade ships, these deserters utilized the river to deliver Confederate prisoners, contraband, fresh provisions and information to Federal gunboats. During the Great Depression the river was a source of mullet, which was salted, packed in barrels and then swapped or bartered for other food products. Fish camps have successfully operated on the Econfina since 1931.

Looking north on the Econfina River: a great place to paddle and enjoy nature.

North on Econfina

The northern course of the Econfina River is a great place to paddle, fish, take photos or just relax in a natural setting.

Looking south on the Econfina River: a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

South on Econfina

The southern course of the Econfina River flows into Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Twin boat launching ramps at Econfina River State Park.

Launch Ramp

With two double-wide launching ramps such as the ones pictured, launching and retrieval of water craft is quick and easy. Water trips start and end efficiently, increasing the time available for recreational enjoyment.

The West Indian manatee is another local inhabitant of the Econfina River.


This sign serves as a friendly reminder to boaters that manatees deserve visitors' care and respect.

The peaceful Econfina River travels along its course to the Gulf of Mexico.

Econfina River

South of the boat ramp, the river changes from a narrow stream to a broader waterway that winds 2.2 miles through the marshland to the Gulf.