Western Lake Boat Ramps
Fishing Destin Guide©   -        

Western Lake - Grayton, FL

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
FishingDestinGuide@cox.net.  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Controlling Agency:

The lake is part of the Florida State Parks system.

Grayton Beach State Park
357 Main Park Road
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
(850) 267-8300

Rules & Regulations:

You will have to have a Florida fishing license to fish the
lake. You can get it online at this link:

Florida Fishing License

The lake is open to both electric and gas motor boats

There is no fee to use the lake and there is a free boat ramp in
the town of Grayton. (See Below). However, if you enter
through the Grayton Beach State Park, there are fees.

State Park Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people
per vehicle.  $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers
in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

$775.00 per week, plus tax, February 1-July 31.

Fish species in Western Lake: Bass, bream, Redfish?
Bait & Tackle

Yellowfin  Ocean Sports
(Inside the
32 E. County Road 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
(850) 231-1717

Yellowfin Ocean Sports
Seagrove Main Store
30 Herons Watch Way
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Yellowfin Ocean Sports
Watercolor Store
Publix Shopping Center
88 WaterColor Way, #111
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

BJ's Bait & Feed
19323 Hwy 331 S
Freeport, Florida
(850) 835-9856

Copeland’s Gun Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439
(850) 835-4277

Half Hitch Tackle
621 Harbor Boulevard
(Hwy 98)
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-3121


Choctaw. Basin
Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes

Hydrology of Coastal
Dune Lakes

Water Chemistry
Western Lake

Western Lake

You Tube Videos

Lodging &



News & Fishing Reports:

Western Lake Fishing - Feb 27, 2014

Last Updated:
January, 2015
Bathymetric Map
Northeast Western Lake
Public Access Points
Dune Lakes


Camping Fee:

Old campsites -   $24.00 per night, plus tax.  Includes water and

New campsites - $30.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water
and electricity.

Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold
a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent
disability award certificate from the Federal Government are
permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base
campsite fees. Proof of eligibility

Cabin Fees:

$110.00 per night, plus tax, August 1-January 31.

$705.00 per week, plus tax, August 1-January 31.

$130.00 per night, plus tax, February 1-July 31.

For more and current information, go to their website

Grayton Beach State Park Camping


Miscellaneous Information

Web Cams



Description & location:  Western Lake is a 214 acre natural
lake located approximately 24 miles east of Destin, about a
35-45 minute drive. It is one of the "Coastal Dune Lakes" that
are common to this area but are rare throughout the rest of the

It is relatively shallow, being 8' deep at the best. The lake is
primarily a freshwater lake but does have increased salinity
from periodic overflows from the ocean during storms and
seepage through the ground. It is fed by several small streams
with no permanent outflow. When water levels are high enough,
it will flow into the ocean. The beach overflow is at the south
end of the western lake, next to the town of Grayton.

The water in Western Lake is "tannic" . (As vegetation decays,
tannins leach into the water, making a transparent, acidic water
that is darkly stained, resembling tea or coffee) Although tea
stained, it is still relatively clear and is a clean lake. The bottom
of the lake is sand with no structure that I know of. There are
several areas with lily pads and other floating vegetation if you
want to fish a frog or other weedless lure.

The lake is divided into four parts, separated by bridges. There
is access between the four parts, but bridge heights vary with
the water level. The section between the east and western
portions of the lake is navigable by kayaks and small boats,
depending on water levels. A bass boat would probably run
Bathymetric Map
Western Lake

Grayton Beach State Park Boat Ramp:

There is one boat ramp on the eastern part of Western Lake, within
the state park. There is good parking, for over 20 vehicles.

Holtz Ave Boat Ramp:

This is a public, free county boat ramp located in the town of
Grayton. Single concrete ramp with a wooden dock. Limited
parking (3-4 vehcicles)