Saying 'goodbye' to the iconic old fishing pier was more bitter than sweet for many locals and long-time visitors to Camp Helen State Park. Sadly, the pier remnants had become a public safety hazard and were permanently removed this past spring, ahead of hurricane season. But now, peering from the southwest shore of Lake Powell is a nearly completed 142-foot ADA boardwalk and dock. The new dock will sport six boat slips and an ADA fishing platform.
Construction of the boardwalk and dock is to be completed in early 2023. Plans for a new parking area, restrooms, and pavilion are slated for the area north of U.S. Hwy 98 (no start date yet).
This serene, 180-acre State Park is surrounded by water on three sides, with Lake Powell, a rare coastal dune lake on the east, a salt marsh to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Camp Helen is unique in many ways and a favorite location for beachcombing, hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Paddleboard & kayak rentals are available in season.
Learn more about the rich history of the park and its wildlife through the various tours offered throughout the year:
- December 1st: Ranger-led Nature Hike - suitable for all ages
- December 3rd: History Tour - learn about the park's indigenous beginnings to its early development in the 1920's
Follow Walton Outdoors for more eco-adventures or to learn more about any of the State Parks in our area. waltonoutdoors.com
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::Posted by Robin Maynard on