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Old 07-06-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Hello all. Due to the recent rainfall, I was wondering if the inlet was open? I know it's hit or miss these days but I can remember a time when we could get a 17' Montauk through consistently and without too much extra effort.
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Yes but the shore break will swamp your boat. Sunday may be doable. Monday will likely be passable. Keep your eye on e tide. That's a long way to push or drag anything of real weight.
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Years ago it opened and closed on a regular basis. Now its advertised on the states website as a freshwater dune lake. The last time I was there they had a berm built high enough that no high tide would ever top it. In my opinion they (state/county) whoever's responsible has ruined an exceptional fishery not to mention shut down the estuary system. All the sea grass is dead or dying and there's no telling what kind of run off comes out of the golf course in the form of fertilizers and other grounds keeping chemicals. All of this could be solved by simply letting nature do it thing and leave the pass to open and close on its own.
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It was back in the 80's- 90's when we used to use the inlet regularly. If I remember correctly the basic game plan was to leave yourself enough time, relative to the tide, to get back through. This was back in the "good ole days" when Walton County was still mostly scrub brush, US 98 was two lanes, and nobody had ever heard of a WaterColor, FL.
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It was back in the 80's- 90's when we used to use the inlet regularly. If I remember correctly the basic game plan was to leave yourself enough time, relative to the tide, to get back through. This was back in the "good ole days" when Walton County was still mostly scrub brush, US 98 was two lanes, and nobody had ever heard of a WaterColor, FL.
That's a fact. I spent a lot of time out there as a kid in the 60s and 70s, mostly hunting by boat or by truck down Side Camp Road. My great uncle owned the bait shop and boat rental place out there.
I haven't been down Side Camp in 25 years. Anybody know what it looks like down there now? I see the golf course when I cross the bridge. I heard there are houses along Side Camp now. True?
I see the old Lattimer house is still there on the point. That place is on the National Historic Register. That would have been some kinda hunting cabin back in the day.
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Do you know the Padgetts. They use to manage that camp on the west side of the inlet. I think it was owned by some carpet mill in Georgia
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I did not know them. My uncle owned the one on the east side of the bridge.
I know Camp Helen was owned by some company in Georgia or Alabama. It was for the use of their employees before they closed it and the state bought it.
That area really has some interesting history. I always thought all those sand roads were just logging roads but they were actually major highways dating back to the civil war and even before.
The area where the golf course is used to be a settlement with houses, a school and free ranging hogs and cattle. My uncle was born over there. The old homestead was still there in the 70s as were the ruins of several houses.
There was even a hotel over there at one time on the north shore of the inlet.
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Camp Helen was owned by the Drummond family, of Drummond coal company from north Alabama.(that's what I have always heard)

Side camp road is very rural still. I use to hunt the east end, for about the last 10 years it was mostly one club. Now I think it is spit into 4 clubs. The west end of side camp I never really explored much but if I remember correctly, it turned down the power line and ran to point Washington. Wild heron(the golf course) runs up to the power line.
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Hmm. I always heard it was owned by some garment company like Russell.
Side Camp goes from Hwy 79 as you enter West Bay to Hwy 98 near the convenience store west of the inlet bridge. I've traveled it's length a few times but you need 4wd.
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Hmm. I always heard it was owned by some garment company like Russell.
Side Camp goes from Hwy 79 as you enter West Bay to Hwy 98 near the convenience store west of the inlet bridge. I've traveled it's length a few times but you need 4wd.
Yeah, it was all a part of west end hunt club for years. It runs down until it hits the sand pits. It follows the trails down to the power line and runs the power line all the way down to water sound north. That is where it exits out now. The power company have it all torn up and it's virtually impassable on the west end. I went down there a couple weeks ago.
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