Protect Our Shores

Let’s work together to protect Gulf County and our natural resources.

KEEP IT WILD

Gulf County is the largest nesting place for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Northwest Florida.

Click here to learn more about our Turtles.

Home to more than 28 percent of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests, we love and protect these massive, beautiful creatures and we ask that our visitors do as well.  Play your part in turtle conservancy by keeping our beaches clean, flat and dark and follow the Leave No Trace Ordinance.  At the end of your beach day, please do your part by leaving only your footprints, and remove all trash and beach equipment.

Click here for the entire LNT Ordinance.

Visit the new Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center or contact a member of our concierge team to find out how you can accompany our turtle patrol on their dawn walks in search of new nests or hatchlings.

“It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down and at least 10 to 20 years for a single-use plastic bag,” according to U.S. National Park Services.

The following information is a highlight of the rules implemented by the Leave No Trace ordinance

Watch the Video below for quick Tips & Tricks regarding our Leave No Trace Ordinance

Leave No Trace Play Video

See Our Wild Side

Endless possibilities to experience nature on open waters or secret shores.

Blue Heron

With a wingspan up to six feet, the Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America and often spotted in our rivers and marshes stalking fish.

 

Brown Pelican

St. Joseph Bay is regionally important for breeding Brown Pelicans. On Black’s Island, a private island in the bay, Brown Pelicans nest in the tops of palms.

Bald Eagle

The St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve has set aside over 5,000 acres of protected coastal landscape where Southern Bald Eagle often perch atop tall pines.

Bald Eagle perched in a Tree

Aligator

The Dead Lakes, near Wewahitchka, are alive with wildlife. Alligators are often spotted here along shorelines as well as lakes and bayous across Gulf County.

Alligator Laying on A log

Sea Turtle

St. Joseph Peninsula has the highest density of nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the Panhandle. This beach provides critical nesting habitat for the endangered Green Sea Turtle, which nests on our beaches every other year.

Sea turtle season turtles on the beach

St. Vincent Island

St. Vincent Island is home to numerous shorebirds, nesting ospreys, and bald eagles, as well as, an abundance of alligators, Sambar Deer (native to Southeast Asia, pictured below) and the native white-tailed deer. The island is also a haven for endangered species such as Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Indigo Snakes, Gopher Tortoises and a pair of Red Wolves that are part of the Red Wolf Recovery Program.

St. Vincent Island is open for daylight use and accessible by a short boat ride.

Sambar Deer on St. Vincent Island