Chipley Park / Lake DeFuniak

Large tree with fishing pier in a lake in background

3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32435

A beautiful, 260 acre park surrounding a perfectly round, 40-acre, naturally spring-fed Lake DeFuniak. This park and lake are the centerpiece of the City's historic district and are the locations of the City's coveted, annual LakeFest festival and Christmas Reflections light show.  Enjoy these beautiful grounds all year round for the following reasons:

Birdwatching: 

Park is designated on the Florida Birding Trail.

Boating:  

Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and boats propelled by electric motors of one (1) horsepower or less.  Boat ramp located next to Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive. No gasoline-powered boats allowed.

Facility Rentals

  • Amphitheater, 1184 Circle Drive: Seats up to 2,000 people. Stage, sound system.  Call Cindy Permenter in Mayor's office at (850) 892-8500, ext. 105.
  • Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive. First floor available for weddings, seminars, meetings and special events.  Includes catering kitchen, ADA assessible restrooms.  Call Cindy Permenter in Mayor's office at (850) 892-8500, ext. 105.

Fishing:  

Allowed from piers, banks of Lake DeFuniak (except in designated, roped-off swimming area), , kayaks  canoes, and boats with electric motors (only). 

Horses:

Not permitted on park grounds (grassy area between Circle Drive and Lake DeFuniak).

Pets:

Dogs/cats are welcome on a leash.  Please clean up after your pet. Trash cans are located along the sidewalks throughout the park.

Playground: 

Swing set and slide located on south end of Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive.

Shopping/Dining: 

Park is adjacent (and walking distance) to Baldwin Avenue, the historic downtown business district which includes fine dining restaurants, antiques/collectibles, souvenirs, pharmacy, more.

Swimming: 

March 1 through September 30, 8am to sunset, in designated area behind the DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive.

Vehicles:

Parking permitted on Circle Drive and designated area along the boat ramp next to the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood located at 95 Circle Drive except during special events.

Visitors Center

1162 Circle Drive. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Questions? Call (850) 520-8170.

Walking:

  • 1.25-mile sidewalk on lake-side of Circle Drive which takes you to the same spot from where you started.
  • 1-mile sidewalk on bank of Lake DeFuniak which takes you back to the same spot from where you started.  Note:  the lake sometimes rises over this sidewalk following heavy rains.  Lake DeFuniak has no outfall.  It is a natural, spring-fed lake.

Walking Tour (Self-Guided): 

Chipley Park is the centerpiece of what was once a gated resort/campus opened in 1885 for the annual, multi-week Florida Chautauqua Assembly.  Interpretive panels located throughout the park explaining the significance of various structures.