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Camp Helen - Beach

Come and relax and play on our peaceful beach. The hike to the beach is more than half a mile. An old pier structure remains on the beach and provides beautiful pictures. Depending on the season, your beach experience could be highlighted by sightings of dolphins, sea turtles, migratory birds, butterflies and as always a gorgeous sunset. For visitors in wheelchairs, a beach wheelchair is available to provide access to beach areas. Please check at the Visitor Center for more information. No alcohol, glass, fires, or animals are allowed on the beach.

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Camp Helen - Birding

Camp Helen offers wonderful opportunities for bird-watching. Various species can be observed including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Kingfisher, Cooper's Hawk and many migratory species. The park is home to numerous shorebirds including least terns, piping and snowy plovers. Binoculars are available in the Visitor Center for the avid bird watchers.

 

 

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Camp Helen - Canoeing and Kayaking

Kayak Rentals are offered at the park daily from 8am to 5pm (weather & season permitting). Please call 850-890-6981 for current status and further information.

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Camp Helen - Fishing

Camp Helen is surrounded by water on three sides, the peninsula has provided access to the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell. Saltwater fishing is popular in the surf, while both freshwater and saltwater fish can be caught in Lake Powell's brackish water. The shoreline has many areas to cast a line along Lake Powell.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

 

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Camp Helen - Hiking Nature Trail

Camp Helen is the perfect spot for hiking. Oak Canopy Trail winds through a dense canopy of maritime hammock overlooking a salt marsh. Hiking enthusiast can pick up a complimentary trail guide in the Visitor Center.

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Camp Helen - Historic Site

Camp Helen is home to a historical district. This includes a water tower, lodge, rainbow cottages, recreation hall and duplexes. This historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Camp Helen - Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available. There are interpretive panels throughout the park that give the history of the property.

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Camp Helen - Meetings and Retreats

Camp Helen's Historic Lodge and Recreation Hall are available to rent for meetings. Contact the park office for more information.

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Camp Helen - Picnicking

Picnic tables are available throughout the park. One small covered picnic pavilion is also available. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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Camp Helen - Swimming

Swimming is available in the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell. Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the colored flags posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Please use caution as lifeguards are not provided.

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Camp Helen - Visitor Center

Come to our visitor center for park information. The visitor center has educational exhibits for you to enjoy as well.

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Camp Helen - Weddings

Interested in having a wedding at Camp Helen? The historic lodge is available to rent for weddings. For more information, please contact the park office at 850-233-5059.

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Camp Helen - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at Camp Helen. The park is home to white tail deer, squirrels, opossums and the occasional black bear.