Whiting Park Recreational Area

Effective Monday, 10 August 2020

Whiting Park Recreation Area (located along the Blackwater River near downtown Milton, Florida)

  • Beginning 14 August
  • Hours of Operation: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 0900-1800
  • Patrons: Active Duty and their family members ONLY
  • Reservations encouraged for boat and equipment rentals and for pavilion use
  • Reservations mandatory for boaters exam
  • Reservations available by calling 850-623-2383 Wednesday - Sunday
  • Groups of no more than 10 persons allowed on pontoons or at the pavilions
  • Wading area and swing set are open
  • Playground is closed
  • All patrons must wear a mask when unable to properly social distance
  • All ID cards will be checked and all patrons will be required to go through COVID screening and have their temperature checked
  • Credit Card Sales Only – No Cash Sales

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Whiting Park Recreation Facility is a "one of a kind" Navy recreation facility, located on the beautiful Blackwater River, just east of downtown Milton, Florida. There is something for the whole family, including boat rental, sand volleyball courts, basketball, horseshoes, corn hole, and a wading area and playground for the kids. 

Price List

See our Price List is in the "Downloads" section.

Watercraft: The park's boat rental fleet includes a bass boat, Jon boats, Skiffs, and pontoon party boats as well as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and paddleboats.  Power driven watercraft may be reserved up to one week in advance provided the Boater Safety Course has been successfully completed.

MWR NAVY MWR "Boater Safety Course"

In accordance with CNIC standards, NAS Whiting Field has implemented a boater safety course.  All individuals are required to complete our boater safety course and be in possession of their "Boater Safety Card" in order to operate any motorized watercraft at Whiting Park. The Boater Safety Course consists of a written test and a practical proficiency demonstration for safe operation of our motorized vessels on the waters of the Blackwater River.  Test can be taken at any time during normal hours of operation. The practical can be scheduled at the time the test is completed.  A "Boater Safety Card" will be issued by Whiting Park upon successful completion of the written test and the practical proficiency demonstration.  Additionally, those born after 1 Jan 1988 are required to provide proof of completion of the Florida state course available through www.boatus.org/florida.  Boater Safety Manuals are available at Whiting Park and additional study material is available in our downloads section.  Furthermore, this card / course is reciprocated at NAS Pensacola as well as the completion of the NAS Pensacola boating safety course is recognized at NAS Whiting Field (Whiting Park).

Fuel: Whiting Park offers non-ethanol fuel for purchase to authorized patrons; however, mechanical services and boat parts are not available. 

Off-site rentals: Canoes, kayaks, and jon boats are available for off-premises or on the river.  Boating and skiing accessories are also available for rent.

Pavilion Rentals: Five pavilions are available for rental and reservations are required. Patrons must come in person to reserve pavilions up to 90 days in advance. All groups must either be sponsored by authorized patrons or have written approval from the Commanding Officer, NAS Whiting Field or his designated representative. 

  • For events, (pavilion rentals) sponsored by authorized patrons, guest list must be submitted to MWR no less than 5 days prior to the event.

  • Non-federal organizations, (NFE’s): Any non-DoD organization, (civic, private, religious, corporate, local government etc…) with or without an authorized sponsor must have approval from the NASWF Commanding Officer prior to requesting a reservation. All requests must be sent to the Commanding Officer via the MWR Director

  • Pavilion Rules.pdf


Here are a few local businesses offering outdoor adventures too!

Adventures Unlimited

Blackwater Canoe Rentals

Bob's Canoes


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