Destin-Fort Walton Beach Artificial Reefs

Okaloosa County’s artificial reef program creates excellent sites for fishing, diving and snorkeling activities that are easily accessible to locals and visitors. Our area’s artificial reefs consist of anything from concrete piles to specifically designed modules and even large shipwrecks!

With Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL being home to the nation’s largest charter fishing fleet, it’s no wonder that we have one of the most active artificial reef programs in the nation. Every year more artificial reefs are deployed off our coast so be sure to keep an eye out as we update our maps regularly.

3D Reef Models

Our Coastal Resource team is working in collaboration with Reef Smart Guides to create 3D Reef Models of many of our artificial reefs. This artificial reef, the COURAGEOUS, was scuttled in Okaloosa County waters during an Air Force training exercise on April 28, 2022.

This model is protected by copyright. For permission to use it, contact [email protected]


Map of artificial reef sites

Select a pin and explore artificial reefs sites in Destin-Fort Walton Beach! Each pin will display the exact coordinates of the reef site as well as helpful information and instructions for each reef.

Florida Panhandle Dive Trail 

Interested in learning more about the Florida Panhandle Dive Trail? Visit their website here.



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Trip Ideas

While beachgoers can lay out on the sand, shoppers can stroll down the HarborWalk Village and savor plates of Gulf-to-Table seafood. What will you do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach?

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Adapting water activities for kids of multiple ages

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How to tell Manta Rays and Stingrays apart

Out of all the wildlife you may spot in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, one of the most distinctive is a ray gliding through the water like a flat alien spaceship.

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Sailing in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Have you gone sailing yet?  You can’t beat the beautiful water on the Gulf of Mexico.  Here are a few options for a sailing experience you won’t forget.

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