Eglin Reservation Beach Access

The Eglin reservation provides beach access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the US: powdery white quartz sand, sparkling aquamarine water, and gentle waves.  

The Natural Resources Office DOES require visitors on the Eglin Reservation portion of Santa Rosa Island beach to obtain the FREE Beach Permit.  The permit is available online or at the Natural Resources Office.  When you log into your account click My Safety Briefs and watch the video, then answer the three questions.  Once you have finished the video and questions, the Beach Permit will appear under Available Permits. 

Due to military testing and training on the Eglin reservation on Santa Rosa Island from Fort Walton Beach to Navarre Beach is closed to all forms of public access. 

The Eglin Beach Park provides pavilions with restrooms and showers.  Civilian visitors can walk to the pavilions and access the facilities.  There is no drinking water provided at the pavilions, so you should bring your own.  For more information about the Beach Park, please check the Eglin Force Support Squadron's website: Beach Park

Dogs are not allowed on the Eglin beach or the Okaloosa county portions of the beach. 

Report animal harassment to the FWC Wildlife Hotline:

Important Notes: During Breeding Bird and Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Visitors to Eglin beaches should be aware that walking over/behind dunes is prohibited.    Dune ecosystems are extremely sensitive, foot-traffic erodes dunes by moving sand, creating trails, and damaging vegetation.  Our beach dune habitat is the first line of defense against hurricanes and storms, and need to be protected.  Cross dunes only on official paths.  Beach sea oats and other vegetation around and on the dunes helps stabilize our dunes.  This vegetation is protected and should not be picked or walked on.  

Disturbance to protected species during their nesting season can result in failed nests, trampled chicks, or increased predation from coyotes that follow human tracks.  Shorebirds travel extremely long distances to come to our beaches to nest, we want to provide a safe place for them while they're here.  All wildlife on the Eglin reservation is protected. 

Many beach nesting birds are small, sand-colored, and their nests and eggs are extremely difficult to spot.  If you notice birds behaving strangely (the wounded wing act, or dive-bombing you) give them more space because it's likely that a nest is nearby.  

Snowy plover nest on the beach.
Least tern nest on the beach.  The eggs are camouflaged.  

Learn more about beach nesting birds: FWC Beach-Nesting Birds Reference Guide

Why is driving on the beach prohibited? FWC Beach Driving Brochure

There are several species of endangered sea turtles that nest on northwest Florida beaches.  Turtles looking for a place to nest should be left alone.   When walking the beach, please avoid flagged or posted signs that indicate a sea turtle nest. 

Nesting Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

If you are interested in helping with sea turtle conservation, see our Volunteer Program tab for more information on how to sign-up.

North Florida is home to the beach mouse, a timid, sand-colored mouse that lives in the dunes.  This animal is also protected and should be left alone. 

Be safe on the beach

Florida is hot and humid in the summer, so all visitors should pack accordingly.  Bring drinking water, sunblock, and towels to stay comfortable.  Cool off in the water or under the showers if you feel yourself overheating.  

Please remember to pack all garbage out with you, and deposit it in trash cans at the parking lots or pavilions.
Let's keep our beaches clean and beautiful.

When fishing from the beach, some animals may accidentally catch your hook.  
You can call the FWC Wildlife Hotline for assistance: 888-404-3922
If you hook a pelican while fishing: Pelican Brochure

White Point Recreation Area

Beach access to the Choctawhatchee Bay can be found at White Point Recreation Area on the mainland near the Mid-Bay Bridge.

The Natural Resources Office requires visitors at White Point to possess a recreation permit.