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Lake Stanley, Defuniak Springs

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.  
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Lake Stanley, Defuniak Springs

Description & location:   Lake Stanley is an approximately
100 acre lake located about 50 miles northeast of Destin in the
city of Defuniak Springs. It will take you around an hour to
drive there. Its address is:

271 Shoemaker Drive
DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433

GPS: N 30 44.`150  W 86 08.344 (Ramp)

Access to the lake is from the Lake Stanley city park run by
the city of Defuniak Springs. The park consists of an open
swimming area, boat ramp, swing sets, slide, eight covered
picnic tables, two un-covered  picnic tables, restroom facilities,
a fishing pier, and several open areas.  Most of the lake is
bordered by private homes.

By rule of City Council

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.

Controlling Agency:

The lake and park is run by the  City of DeFuniak Springs
Parks and Recreation Department.  

71 US Highway 90 West
Post Office Box 685
DeFuniak Springs, FL  32435

Ph: (850) 892-8500      (850) 951-3312
Fx: (850) 892-8506

Hours Monday - Friday

Rules & Regulations:

In addition to the Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations,
the City of Defuniak Springs has added the following:

=  During the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekend of every month there
is a limit of 10 horse power or less for all boat motors.

= During the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month there is no
limit for boat motors.


There are no fees to use the park or lake.

Fish species in Lake Stanley:

There have been reported catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, and Jack fish (Chain Pickerel)

Bait & Tackle

A & W Bait & Tackle
3841 Sr-83,
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433
(850) 892-3030

397 S Brett St,
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 398-6805

Copeland's Gun Shop
17290 US Highway 331 S
Freeport, FL 32439
(850) 835-4277

BJ's Bait & Feed
19323 US HWY 331S
Freeport, FL 32439

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News & Fishing Reports:
Last Updated:
January, 2015

Boat Ramps & Launches:

A single lane concrete boat ramp is located in the park. Parking for `10+ vehicles withe trailers. There is a sign in the water marking the end
of the concrete ramp. Looks like you can launch a bass boat with no problem.

                                                                         GPS: N 30 44.`150  W 86 08.344 (Ramp)



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