Head just 20 miles inland to Wewahitchka, home to one of the richest eco-systems in Florida, the legendary Dead Lakes and the natural wonder of pure Tupelo Honey!
The journey from Port St. Joe to Wewahitchka passes through White City, where the Intracoastal Waterway runs under the bridge. There you’ll find a small store for supplies and a public boat ramp with a park, picnic pavilions and restrooms. If journeying by boat, head east on the waterway to Lake Wimico, the Apalachicola River, and Apalachicola Bay or west which heads to Panama City, and Destin. What’s next? Central Time Zone. Yep…Gulf County is one of four US counties that boasts this oddity, and we sure have an interesting New Year’s Eve celebration because of it!
Honeyville is the next stop with a beautiful public park geared toward families and sports enthusiasts. Next stop, is Wewahitchka (or Wewa as the locals call it), a beautiful southern town with a pace slower than normal and one stop light. Wewahitchka is a Seminole name meaning “water eyes” and, yes, water is everywhere. Home of the legendary Dead Lakes, a hauntingly beautiful water-based graveyard of bottom-heavy cypress skeletons, stumps and knees, Wewa provides some of the best bass fishing in the nation. Recent additions made to Dead Lakes Recreation Area make it well worth the visit and the perfect place to get away from it all with RV and primitive campsites, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a playground/picnic area and boardwalks over the lakes.
Wewahitchka is the home of one of Florida’s largest beekeeping operations, where for more than a century beekeepers have harvested world famous Tupelo Honey from the Apalachicola River Basin. Third generation beekeepers, the L.L. Lanier family, inspired the movie Ulee’s Gold, starring Peter Fonda. Filmed in Wewahitchka in 1997, the movie gained recognition for the natural beauty of the area when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.