Dead Lakes State Park

Dead Lakes State Recreation Area is located in Wewahitchka, a Seminole name aptly meaning “water eyes” and is the hauntingly beautiful home of the legendary water-based graveyard of bottom heavy cypress stumps, knees and skeletons.  Wewa, as the locals call it, provides some of the bass fishing in the United States.  

Wildlife abounds in this eerie, yet, entrancing, setting and includes critters such as rabbits, deer, snakes, alligators, raccoons and turtles.  Nature lovers will marvel at the variety of trees and plant life, like the stately magnolia, the bald cypress and the ever versatile longleaf pine.

Activities include fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, camping and RV hook-ups.  Public restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are available as well as a playground, picnic area and boardwalks.

Wewahitchka is also home to the nearby beekeeping operations in the Apalachicola River Basin, where for more than a century, the world famous Tupelo Honey has been harvested.

Dead Lakes is located about 44 miles east of Panama City Beach, one mile north of Wewahitchka off S.R. 71 and southwest of Tallahassee.


Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Phone: (850) 229-7800