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The reason I chose moderate/difficult for the "Difficulty" level, is because it is fast moving water (about 3-5 MPH not paddling) and it is a narrow creek with trees and branches overhanging and in the water that one can get caught in. Also, about half way down there is two culverts side by side the go under a road for 70 yards or so. The water level drops a foot or two depending on the creeks water level -- depends on rainfall, etc.
It is a fun time if you are up the challenge. Not for the first timers. Three road bridges that the creek goes under and a lot of small creeks and few larger creeks join up with Turkey as the trip goes on.
The last section of the trip is through Turkey Creek Park. There are swimming stops and docks for a rest. (More info at http://www.cityofniceville.org/turkey.html)
After the park, it is really shallow and empties into the bay. There is a good public access off to the right. This will take about four hours if you only stop twice. Or you can paddle out in the bay and over to Postal Point for the Military folks.
Take the family for an outing. Its become such a popular spot, you never know who you will run into!
If you start upstream on Eglin Range you need a Range Pass. Call Jackson Guard for info, they are very helpful.
JACKSON GUARD NATURAL RESOURCES FACILITY
The Eglin Natural Resources Branch is commonly known as the Jackson Guard. The name comes from the days before Eglin when this area was the Choctawhatchee National Forest. Ranger stations were known as "guards". This particular one was called "Jackson" as a nod to the future President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, who kept prisoners here during the Seminole Indian Wars.
All Eglin recreation, hunting and fishing permits are sold at Jackson Guard. There are informational displays in the lobby and a small, deer pen outside. Jackson Guard is located in Niceville, on Highway 85 just north of Highway 20 next to the firetower.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Jackson Guard at 882-4164. Jackson Guard is closed on Sundays and Federal holidays.
Finish up in at the public access off of N John Sims Parkway south of Hwy 85 turn off on the bay side of the road.
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