Hurricane Lake South Campground Boat Ramp

Hurricane Lake Centerline Road Primitive Boat Ramp

Hurricane Lake Road 30 (South) Primitive Boat Ramp

Fishing Destin Guide©

Hurricane Lake

A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle    

Known as the "luckiest fishing village", Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. The 100 Fathom  (600' depth) Curve of the Gulf of Mexico draws closer
to Destin than any other spot in Florida. This, along  with  Destin's close  proximity  to  the East  Pass  and  the Gulf  of Mexico, allows quick access to the Gulf of Mexico's  fishing bounty.  
The  purpose  of  this site  is  to acquaint a new fisherman  to  the Destin area  -  our local facilities, fish, waters and fishing methods. Tight lines and good fishing!


This web site is updated as I have time from other things going on. As there are a 1000 + different ways to do things, this is only
my way of fishing, nothing else,  and it is not the last word in fishing the area. I am by no means an expert but if you would like my opinion on something related to fishing the area,
please email me at  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Controlling Agency:

The area surrounding Hurricane Lake, to include the
campgrounds and other recreational facilities, is part of the
Blackwater River State Forest controlled by the Florida Forest
Service. The headquarters for
Blackwater River State Forest
is 20 miles north of the town of Milton on State Road 191 in the
community of Munson.

Florida Forest Service
Blackwater River State Forest
11650 Munson Hwy.
Milton, FL 32570-9332

(850) 957-6140
(850) 957-6143 Fax

The area has been named a Fish Management Area (FMA).
This means that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) manages and enforces the wildlife
regulations for the Hurricane Lake area for the Florida Forest
Service. As such, you will need to comply with the state of
Florida general fishing rules plus the specific rules for this FMA.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center
8384 Fish Hatchery Road
Holt, Florida 32564
(850) 265-3676

Rules & Regulations:

In addition to the Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations,
there are
specific regulations that apply to Hurricane Lake. As
of December, 2014, these are:

Gasoline motors may not be used on boats. (Electric OK)
Channel catfish bag limit: 6
No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Some points to remember . . . .

As in any other waters you fish in Florida, you will need a
Florida fishing license unless you do not normally need one,
ie under 16, resident 65 and older, etc.

Limits as of Dec 2014 are:

5 Black bass, only one of which may be 22 inches or longer
in total length. Black bass less than 12 inches in total length
must be released immediately.

50 Panfish  (includes bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker),
flier, longear sunfish, mud sunfish, shadow bass, spotted
sunfish (stumpknocker), warmouth and redbreast sunfish,
individually or in total.

25 Crappie (speckled perch)


As of December, 2014, there are no fees required to use the
boat ramps or the area surrounding the lake.

Fish species in Hurricane Lake:

Hurricane lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, hybrid striped bass  and channel catfish. The
FWC  publishes an online
Hurricane Lake Fishing Forecast that has some good recommendations. Fish attractors are placed in the lake in
several locations. The lake receives a lot of visitors in the summer, so the fish are wary.
Bait & Tackle

Mickey's Grocery & Grill
6407 Florida 189
Baker, FL 32531
(850) 537-2566

Bitco Bait & Tackle
7106 Highway 90
Milton, FL 32583
(850) 626-3688

Avalon Bait & Tackle
4400 Avalon Blvd
Milton, FL 32583
(850) 626-2151


Blackwater River
State Forest Map

Bear Lake Trail

Hurricane Lake

You Tube Videos


Lodging &



News & Fishing Reports:
Last Updated:
December, 2014
Hurricane Lake
Fish Management Area Brochure

 Boat Ramps & Launches:

There are two improved concrete boat ramps at Hurricane lake and two primitive boat ramps.  As of December 2014, there is no fee to use
the boat ramps.

Camping:  There are two designated improved campgrounds
at Hurricane Lake.

south campground is accessible from Kennedy Bridge
Road off Beaver Creek Road north of SR 4. This campground
contains primitive (no electric or water hookups) camping sites
maintained by the Florida Forest Service. Restroom and picnic
facilities are available. Several earthen fishing fingers are
located in this area for use by bank fishermen. Construction of
a fishing pier in the south campground is planned for the near
future. An informational kiosk is located adjacent to the boat

north campground is accessible from Hurricane Lake North
Campground Road off Beaver Creek Road north of Kennedy
Bridge Road. A handicapped accessible fishing pier and an
informational kiosk are located adjacent to the boat ramp. This
campground has campsites with electrical and water hookups
which are maintained by DOF.

You can not make reservations. Camp sites are on a first-come,
first serve basis. The kiosks by the boat ramps have instructions
and envelopes for paying for the sites (Honor system).

As of Dec 2014, site fees are:
  Electric & water hookup:        $ 20.00 a day
  Electric only:                           $15.00 a day
There is a 14 day limit. There should be a volunteer camper
in one of the slots plus the rangers do come by periodically.
For more information, call (850) 957-6140.

No swimming is allowed. Alligators are present.

Leashed Pets Allowed

Camp fires are permitted but must always be attended. You
can not cut any trees there so bring your own firewood.

Miscellaneous Information

Web Cams



Description & location:  Hurricane Lake is a 318-acre man-
made lake constructed in 1971 and opened to fishing in 1973.
It is designated as a FWC Fish Management Area.  It has an
average depth of 7 feet and a maximum depth of 25 feet with
the deepest areas located near the dam and along the old
streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains,
providing fish habitat.

Hurricane Lake is about 60 miles northwest of Destin and is a
part of the Blackwater River State Fores. The forest borders
the Conecuh National Forest to the north and extends
southward toward Eglin Air Force Base.  It takes around 1 1/2
hours to drive there from Destin using Hwy 85 and Hwy 4.

The headquarters for Blackwater River State Forest is 20 miles
north of the town of Milton on State Road 191 in Munson.
                                                                      (Source: FWC)
Hurricane Lake North Campground Boat Ramp