This Florida state park is all about names. The first name is Fred Gannon; a US Air Force Colonel who was crucial to the development of what was once a WWII bombing range. Through his actions it is now a state park. Remains of test bombs from Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle B-52’s squadron still are thought to exist in the park and a concrete bomb at the parks entrance is thought to have come from the man himself.
While no live ammunition is in the park, there is plenty of life at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Many fish, both fresh and salt, live within Choctawhatchee Bay and can be easily caught, making this an attractive place for anglers. Mullet, trout and flounder can all be caught in these beautiful waters.
Boating is a great way to catch fish and this park ahs one of the best boat ramps on the bay. A double access boat ramp offers two places to put in, so waiting in line to use the ramp is unheard of. Price for use is $5.
You can still enjoy the fishing, even if you don’t have a boat. Canoe and kayak rentals offer a trip in the fantastic Rocky Bayou and the nearby freshwater stream that feeds it. But don’t expect just to see fish. Dolphins, otters and bald eagles make this an exciting adventure in wildlife viewing.
Even if you’re not into the water, you can still enjoy Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Several trails take you into the interior of the park and along the shoreline as well. The seven acre Puddin Head Lake is an aquatic preserve with a funny name, but is home to carnivorous pitcher plants, Florida anise and estuarine sea grass beds. Birds of all kinds reside and visit this area and can be seen from inland to shore, including the rare trumpeter swan during its migration.
Camping at one of the 42 full facility sites is a great way to explore the entire park. Laundry, heated and air conditioned showers, electric and water are all available at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park for both RV’s and tents. For more information on this awesome Florida state park, visit the website here.