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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

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 2017, 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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Bay Day is Coming!

October's regularly scheduled TRAM Tour will not take place on the second Friday due to the Fall Bay Day Celebration which will be held on Saturday, October 14th. There will be 5 TRAM Tours on October 14th beginning at 8:00 am ET and continuing throughout the day at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30, 2pm. All times are Eastern. A Low Country Boil with fresh-caught local shrimp, Kielbasa sausage, new potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, and onions is one of the highlights of the day. This delicious plate is served with coleslaw, garlic bread and sweet tea. All this for a $10 donation. Bay Day is presented by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves.

A recently added opportunity is the Live Auction which is held on the Thursday night before the Saturday event. Great items will be offered for a donation to the Friends. Charter Fishing, restaurant certificates, places to stay, and many services such as haircuts, facials, spa treatments, and many more opportunities to make your day. Over 200 Sponsors have contributed items to make the Live Auction on Thursday, the Silent Auction and Raffle on Saturday one of the best events in the area.

Want more information? Call Sandra at 850-229-1787, Ext. 1 from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.     

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve



Last updated: August 07, 2017

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