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St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve What's New


Gulf County


5,019 acres


Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center
3915 State Road 30-A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-1787

Chapman's rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmannii)

Shoreline of St. Joseph Bay
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve provides an essential buffer to St. Joseph Bay that helps protect the bay's water quality, natural productivity and critical habitats.
  • St. Joseph Preserve State Buffer Preserve protects an intact natural coastal landscape with one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in the Southeast, including globally-imperiled species such as Chapman's rhododendron, Telephus spurge (Euphorbia telephioides) and pinewoods aster (Aster spinulosus).
  • Money Bayou is an unusual tidal creek that flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico instead of an intervening bay or sound.
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve contains 21 known archaeological and historical sites, dating from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
  • The dune/swale system formed by sand dunes created during ancient changes in sea level in St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is one of the most stable and clearly defined of such topographic features found anywhere.
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve brochure
Fall Bay Day Celebration - Saturday, October 1, 2016

TRAM Tours

Take a Tram Tour of the Uplands in the "the heart of the Preserves" at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. On the second Friday of each month in 2016, staff at the Preserve will personally host a tour for the public. Join us at 9am to 11am to enjoy a little history, a little learning and the importance of the Buffer Preserve to St. Joseph Bay. Reservations are required.

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The St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Management Plan is being updated. The plan was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at the June 17, 2016 meeting.


Last updated: July 22, 2016

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