At Camp Helen State Park there are many ways to spend a magical day out on the water. Single kayaks, tandem kayaks and paddleboards are available for rental to explore Lake Powell.
Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in Florida, often has an outfall that connects into the Gulf of Mexico. The rentals are only allowed within Lake Powell, not the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors are welcome to bring their own personal property to use in both water sources. A public kayak launch is available at the trail head of the North Trail.
Wildlife are very active throughout the lake. While paddling, be on the lookout for wild heron, egret, river otter, osprey and occasionally dolphins. On the shores, be sure to look for white-tailed deer, but beware, snake encounters are possible.
When the lake’s outfall is open both fresh and saltwater fish can be found. Try your luck with kayak fishing by bringing your own fishing tackle. Common fish caught include redfish, speckled trout, mullet and bass. Be sure to obtain a Florida fishing license.
The rental kiosk is located down the stairs in front of the Lodge. Be safe and bring sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water. Stop by the visitor center for directions or additional information. The paddling season at Camp Helen State Park typically runs from April through mid-September. Please call 850-890-6981 for specific days/hours of operation.