Manager's Message

Stephanie McDonald, manager

Stephanie McDonald, Park Manager

Welcome to the newest addition in the network of Florida state parks. This recreation area is designated for people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.

During your visit to William J. “Billy Joe” Rish Recreation Area, you’ll quickly discover some incredible day-use facilities and experiences, including the amazing beach, the bayside canoe and kayak launch, and the visitor center. 

Keep an eye out for wading birds on the bayside of the park. Great blue herons, egrets and a variety of other birds forage for food in the shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay. Look overhead for osprey searching for lunch, soaring brown pelicans and even bald eagles.

I hope to see you soon at Rish Recreation Area.