Camp Helen State Park

Quick Facts

Camp Helen State Park


(850) 233-5059

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Things To Do


Camp Helen is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. 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. Some of those buildings have now been restored. The 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round. Please call for admission fees.

Map of Camp Helen (FL)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.275170, -85.989347



  • Boating

    There is no boat ramp at the park, but there is plenty of opportunity for boating. Call the park for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed in designated areas.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are available. Pick up a map at the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available.

  • Water Sports

    Relax or play on the beach. Swimming is available in designated areas.

Park Partners

The Friends of Camp Helen

For more information, write to: The Friends of Camp Helen, P.O. Box 19338, Panama City Beach, Fl. 32407, or email [email protected]



Camp Helen State Park is located west of Panama City Beach on U.S. 98 at the west end of the Phillips Inlet bridge, just inside Bay County. The entrance is South of U.S. Hwy 98 and approximately six miles west of State Road 79.

Phone Numbers


(850) 233-5059




I would love to go hiking as I have been to many country for hiking and trekking. Nepal is my latest destination for trekking. I had been to Mt. Everest last month and here I can see the new venue for my hiking. I was wondering to know if we need our custom canopy for hiking out there or not and also do we need fishing rod for fishing or not? Or the Camp Helen will provide these all stuffs.

I remember, as a kid, coming to Camp Helen on vacation for that one glorious week each year. Im so glad to find out that its now a State Park and has been preserved. I have so many stories here of growing up and do have some items that I cherish , for instance, a few trophies from shuffleboard and biggest fish....Wow, remembering sailboating, waterskiing, which by the way is the place I learned.....the many walks down to the ocean when I missed the Green Scout shuttle in the mornings......The 3 hot meals aday.......Bingo on Monday nites.....The fishing trip on the Sunrise on Tuesday, Watermelon cutting on Wed, Thursday nite was the shuffleboard torney and Friday was volleyball....The weeks went fast....just as fast as years now.....I will visit the next time I get down there whereas I can let my son walk in some of the same sand I grew up in.....God Bless Camp Helen and the supporters!!!

Scotty Holmes

Childersburg, Alabama/Sylacauga, Alabama