Kayak Spots in the PCB Area
There are so many fun kayak spots in the PCB area!! While we love to get our toes in the sand on our beautiful beaches, there is also something magical about having your toes in a boat. There are lots of amazing kayak spots in the Panama City Beach area that we would like to share with you.
According to the NewsHerald, these are the best kayak spots in the PCB Area:
- St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach: This is a spot that makes all lists. The park has a double-side concrete boat launch designed for the “smallest to largest of watercrafts,” according to its website. From there, it is a short paddle to Shell Island. Bonus: Rentals are available during the summer.
- Lake Huntington, 3504 W. 15th St., Panama City: The topography of this launch site, an unimproved sand ramp, make it an excellent spot for beginners. “It’s so well sheltered,” Jones said. “When the winds are bad, this is a great spot to launch.” While the initial launch is into the lake, it does lead to St. Andrew Bay.
- Kinsaul Park Launch, 1194 W Fifth St., Lynn Haven: This city park at the mouth of Lynn Haven Bayou is a “nice” spot to put in, according to Jones. It’s sand, and therefore not suitable for larger vessels.
- Carl Gray Park, 4600 Collegiate Drive, Panama City: Jones rated this launch point “fantastic.” Located behind the colleges, this is the ideal place to launch if you want to start out near the Hathaway Bridge.
- Earl Gilbert Park, Oakshore Drive, Parker: This boat launch in Parker received a makeover using Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill money. It now boasts a 6-foot-wide wooden boat dock that is about 80 feet long. And it has a 45-foot extension to the right at the end.
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- Lake Powell, 23104 Lakeview Drive, Panama City Beach: Lake Powell is one of the largest coastal dune lakes in the world. It gives paddlers a lot of sheltered areas to explore. From the launch, it’s a quick paddle to Camp Helen State Park, some of the quietest beaches in the county. The Friends of Camp Helen also offer kayak rentals.
- Shoreline Circle Public Boat Ramp, 3718 Shoreline Circle, Panama City: If you want to explore Pretty Bayou, this launch point will put you right where you want to be.
- Deer Point Lake, 4241 County Road 2321, Panama City: This park on the edge of Deer Point Lake has restrooms, picnic area, nature trails, observation platform, playground, and most importantly to you, a boat ramp.
- Ecofina Creek, State Road 20: This launch, which is specifically for paddle crafts, is on the northern edge of Bay County. It’s ideal for someone looking to trade salt water in for aqua springs.
- Panama City Canoe Launch, 101 W. Beach Drive, Panama City: This little strip of beach is perfect to use a canoe, kayak, and paddleboard launch. It gives paddlers direct access to the Bay away from the hustle of the marina boat launch. Jones said the paddling is best when there is a north wind.