Karick Lake North Campground Boat Ramp

GPS: N        Dual lane concrete boat ramp        $ 2.00 entry fee
Karick Lake South Campground Boat Ramp

Fishing Destin Guide©

Karick 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!


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Description & location:  Karick Lake is a 65-acre man-made
lake constructed in 1965, opened to fishing in 1966, and is
designated as a Florida  FWC Fish Management Area. The
lake has an average depth of 7 feet with a maximum depth of
18 feet, with the deepest areas located near the dam and
along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded
timber remains, providing fish habitat.

Karick Lake is located in northwestern Okaloosa County off
County Road 189 approximately 8 miles north of Baker, FL.

Karick Lake is part of the Blackwater River State Forest.
Blackwater River State Forest is located in the Florida
Panhandle northeast of Pensacola. 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 through Crestview and
Hwy 4 through Baker.

The headquarters for Blackwater River State Forest is 20 miles
north of the town of Milton on State Road 191 in Munson.
(FWC Karick Lake)

Controlling Agency:

The area surrounding Karick 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 can be found
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 Karick 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 Karick 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)


There is a $ 2.00 per person daily fee if you use the boat ramp
or other facilities in the camping area. It is on the honor system
and there is a pay station at the kiosk near the bathrooms
just before you get to the boat ramp area.

If you use one of the "primitive" ramps on the east side of the
lake, there is no fee. You can also camp at these sites without
paying a fee.

Fish species in Bear Lake:

Bear lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, hybrid striped bass  and channel catfish. The FWC
publishes an online
Karick 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


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News & Fishing Reports:

Last Updated:
January 2015

Boat Ramps & Launches:

Concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks are located in both the north and south campgrounds. A handicapped accessible fishing pier is
located adjacent to the boat ramp in the north campground.

Camping:  There are two designated campgrounds at Karick
Lake. Both campgrounds are accessible from CR 189.

The south campground contains primitive campsites (no
electrical or water hookups) and picnic areas.

The north campground has picnic grounds and campsites are
available with both electric and water hookups.

Both campgrounds have restroom/bath facilities and are
maintained by the Florida Forest Service.

You can not make reservations and it is on a first-come, first
serve basis. There is a kiosk by the boat ramps where you pay
for your site using the honor system envelopes.

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.

There are no designated "Primitive" camping areas.

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