Perdido River... Paddling on the Florida/Alabama border
We visited launches along the Perdido River Designated Paddling Trail in Florida's Panhandle for a possible future paddling trip, and present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below)
The Perdido River originates in Alabama and forms part of the boundary between Alabama and Florida. The Perdido River Designated Paddling Trail runs 15 miles through Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties with five access points. (Note: the State's online paddling trail description only covers three - Fillingim, Pipes and Sand Landings). From Fillingim to The Pipes landing, the river is swift, narrow and twisty with many sandbars for stretching or picnicking. Below The Pipes, it becomes wider and slower with fewer sandbars.
We did not find Fillingim Landing to be kayak-friendly, the launch was at the bottom of a series of steps with a drop at the bottom - we're guessing this is popular with tubers (pretty much confirned by the large number of tubes we saw for rent!). At The Pipes Landing, there was a sandy beach down steps or a steep sandbar.
The river is scenic with woodlands and many sandbars. Wildlife include birds, turtles, deer and otter.
More information on paddling at Perdido River (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe