William J "Billy Joe" Rish Recreation Area
Know Before You Go
Effective May 16, 2022: William J. “Billy Joe” Rish Recreation Area is pleased to expand its operating hours. Beginning Monday, May 16, the park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week.
Welcome to William J "Billy Joe" Rish Recreation Area.
Beautiful white-sand beaches and sea oat-covered dunes welcome visitors to the beach and the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico across the peninsula to St. Joseph Bay, this 100-acre park provides an opportunity to explore the beach, the bay and the natural resources between.
This recreation area has been designated to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.
The recreation area offers day-use opportunities and an event hall. Boardwalks grant access to a mile of beach. Visitors can travel through the underground tunnel to the bayside to launch a canoe or kayak.
In the near future, the Olympic-sized pool will open for swimming and cabins will be available for overnight accommodations. Plans also include ranger tours and equipment rentals.
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