Apalachicola River

Area Status: Open

Apalachicola bends off in the distance with green trees on the left bank.

Forming the western boundary of the forest, the Apalachicola is a wide, curving river rolling down to Apalachicola Bay. It has the highest diversity of freshwater fish species in the state, which translates to some of the best fishing in Florida's Panhandle. The numerous creeks and tributaries feeding into the Apalachicola offer scenic runs with deep, quiet pools.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Fees: Free

General Information

General Notes:


  • Amenities vary at each landing or primitive campsite along the river.

Licenses and Passes


  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

Small Game Hunting

Recreation areas with activity Small Game Hunting:

Boating - Motorized

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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