|Ramps & Parking: Has 5 concrete ramps with loading docks next to each. Paved parking lot with marked
parking for 47 vehicles with trailers. Two are marked handicapped. Addtional parking is available across the
street in a gravel overflow parking lot. Vehicles without trailers must park across the street.
Operating Hours: Dawn to dusk. There are no gates.
Security: An attendant is on duty during the day during most of the summer. There are no gates or fences and
it can be accessed 24 hours. However, the official hours are dawn to dusk. The Okaloosa County sheriff office
does patrol the area and it is in a residential area on a main street.
Fee: $ 20.00 to launch per day. Attendant collects while on duty, otherwise there is an honor box with
envelopes next to the attendants office. City of Destin residents may obtain a free annual pass for
one boat from the Destin Community Center located at 101 Stahlman Ave in Destin. Nonresident annual decal
is $205.00. (850-654-5184). Residents must show proof of residency, picture ID, and boat and trailer
Facilities Available: Public bathrooms are located beside the ramps in the attendants building. A dumpster is
located next to them. The area is lighted at night. There are no more fresh water washdown stations. There are
no picnic areas or grills.
Using the ramps: NO reservations, first come, first serve. Therefore, most locals are there early during the
summer (before 8:00 am) to be able to launch relatively quickly and to find a parking space.
Launch Procedures: Signs on Beach Drive will direct you to the northern side of the complex where you will
turn on the paved road leading to the ramps. If vehicles are ahead of you, just wait in line and follow them.
Upon arrival at the attendants station, he will check your decal or obtain payment. When a ramp comes open,
he will direct you to it. The ramps are numbered, with # 1 being next to the station, and # 5 the farthest away.
Once cleared and the ramp is free, turn right when abeam the ramp and back down to it. Stop at the waters
edge, remove your tiedowns, check your plug and engine. All other preparations (food, ice, bait, etc) should
have been put into the boat before reaching the ramp.
Back the boat in and have your assistant hold onto the rope and tie it off while you park your vehicle. Your
passengers should board now and everyone be ready to go as soon as you get back from parking. If the
assistant can drive the boat, they should move the boat to the northern dock where you can get in.
Use caution and proceed to the channel at the mouth of Joes Bayou. While not marked, it is a City of Destin
Ordinance that that part of Joes Bayou is a NO WAKE ZONE. However, there will be jet skis and other boats
everywhere at all speeds, so keep your eyes out.
Recovery Procedure: When returning to the ramp, it is best if you can drop your vehicle driver off at the
northern dock and let them go get your trailer. Even though they may be parked next to the ramp, they much
pull out and get in the launch/recovery line with the other vehicles. When they reach the attendant, he will
direct you to the ramp to use for recovery. If you are driving the boat, hold a little ways away from the ramps
until you see your driver back the trailer down.
Proceed with your normal recovery. Once the boat is on the trailer, the driver should pull out and must proceed
down the southern road past the white line marked on the ground. There is a an oak tree beside it that will take
out your antenna if you are not careful. Once past the white line, complete you normal recovery procedures to
get the boat and trailer ready for the road.
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 is a 1.5 acre city
run park with 5 concrete
boat ramps. It is the
most popular ramp in
800 Beach Drive
Destin, FL 32541
N 30 24.63 W086 29.45
It is about 4 miles east
of the Destin Bridge.
Last Updated: July 2016
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
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