Turkey-Hen Creek: a different way to start the last leg of the Shoal River
A short, crystal-clear path that winds its way through cypress trees to reach the Shoal River.
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner. The paddling is easy, but it is fairly narrow in spots.
SCENERY: A mile worth traveling.
LOCATION: On Eglin AFB just outside Crestview, Florida.
ONLINE GAUGE: No gauge, but it flows right into the Shoal River which can muddy the waters if it is high.
This short, little creek section doesn't really merit its own page, but it is pretty and a much more fun start to a canoe or kayak trip on the downstream section of the Shoal River. If the Shoal River isn't high, you will have nice, clear water for this connector creek.
If you want to do the bottom leg of the Shoal River, you could launch at Wayside Park, near the Hwy 85 bridge, or you could launch on Turkey-Hen. This is a lot more interesting and scenic. See the Shoal River page for information on heading downstream.
River Miles reflect the approximate distances from the previous launch site.
LAUNCH SITE MAP (See next section for clickable directions)
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LAUNCH SITE DETAILS & DIRECTIONS
Launch: Look for dirt pullout about 0.25 miles south of Shoal River bridge on Hwy 85. Can pull right up to water.
Parking: Plenty of dirt parking. Isolated.
Notes: Eglin AFB pass required.