Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is a state park located in the U.S. state of Florida, on an artificial lake known as Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. The park’s main attraction is its wildlife and especially birding opportunities. Amenities include boat ramps, picnic areas with shelters, a playground, cabins, campsites for family campers, equestrian facilities and trails through wooded areas. There are also two golf courses at the park.
In August 2010, the Friends of Fred Gannon announced that they were temporarily closing the park to allow for major repairs to the lodge and other improvements. Work was expected to be completed within six months, but due to delays, work wasn’t finished until April 2014. Improvements included new roofs, windows, furniture, bath tiles, countertops, flooring and a kitchen remodel. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 20, 2014, attended by local dignitaries including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, former Governor Charlie Crist, Congressman Joe Garcia and state Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Following the event, there was a public opening celebration the evening of June 21, 2014, where guests could sample food from local restaurants, learn about the history and ecology of the area, and see exhibits highlighting the cultural diversity of the park. On Sunday, October 7, 2016, the park hosted Star Trek: 50 Years Later, which featured a live performance by William Shatner as Captain Kirk and several other well-known actors reprising their most famous roles from the original series. The show was broadcast on KUOW TV. This marked the first time the show has been aired in this region since it originally aired in 1966.
- water skiing
- wildlife viewing
- nature photography
- full facility camping