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About the LakesCoastal Dune Lake Outfall
Walton County is home to 15 named coastal dune lakes along 26 miles of coastline. These lakes are a unique geographical feature and are only found in Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, and here in Walton County. 

Our coastal dune lakes share an intermittent connection with the Gulf of Mexico. The lake water is fed by 
                                                    
streams, groundwater seepage, rain, and storm surge. The connection with the Gulf, called an outfall, is a flood control and pours lake water into the Gulf as needed. 

Salt water and organisms flow back into the lake, depending on tides and weather. Each lake's outfall and chemistry is different. Water conditions between lakes can vary greatly, from completely fresh to significantly saline.

Protecting the Lakes
Walton County has an aggressive program to protect our coastal dune lakes. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board meets to discuss the county's efforts to preserve the lakes and publicize the unique biological systems the lakes provide. 

Walton County currently partners with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to regularly monitor the water quality of the Coastal Dune Lakes.  The data is used by Walton County, as well as state and federal agencies, to manage and regulate the lakes.

For more information, contact Billy McKee, Coastal Dune Lakes Coordinator, at (850) 892-8108.

Resources

Coastal Dune Lakes Rack Card

Homeowner's Guide to Living on a Coastal Dune Lake

Understanding the Environment Around Coastal Dune Lakes

Building A Dock...Three Steps to Building An Environmentally Responsible Amenity

Map of Dune Lakes

Public Access Points on the Coastal Dune Lakes

Photos
Photo shown on this page: Aerial photo of Redfish Coastal Dune Lake showing outfall to Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)

Alligator Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Big Redfish Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Camp Creek (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Draper Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Draper Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Lake Allen (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Oyster Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Stallworth Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Western Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)
Western Lake (Photo copyright 2008 Scott Jackson, PhotosFlorida.com)