Camp Helen State Park is a place where visitors can explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources. The park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell. The peninsula provides access to the resources of the Gulf and Lake Powell. Lake Powell is on of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida which are rare worldwide; in the US they occur only along the gulf coast.
Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago.
From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill, known as Avondale Mills. Some of those buildings have now been restored.
This 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
The peninsula provides access to the resources of the Gulf and Lake Powell. Lake Powell is on of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida which are rare worldwide; in the US they occur only along the gulf coast.
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Visit the park and rent a kayak to explore Lake Powell.
The Friends of Camp Helen State Park invite you to a guided history tour. Come learn the history of this beautiful park. Guided tours begin at the Visitor’s Center on the first Saturday of each month. The tour is free with $4 per car entrance fee into the park. For information call 850 233-5059 or visit our website Friends of Camp Helen !
Movies & More
Camp Helen State Park offers a summer full of movies, food, and fun with a series of family-oriented movies, environmental interpretive programs, and old-fashioned campfire cookouts.
Americana Concert Series
Entrance into the park for the Americana concert series is $4 for 2022. The tickets to the concert are free, but limited in quantity. Camp Helen State Park is at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98 near Lake Powell). The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations all of which will be used to benefit the park. For more information, call (850) 233-5059.