Karick Lake Recreation is a 65-acre artificial impoundment on Deadfall Creek in northern Okaloosa County. It has a maximum depth of 18 feet at the dam and an average depth of 7 feet. A considerable amount of flooded timber provides fish habitat. The lake was constructed in 1965 and open to fishing in 1966.

Karick Lake has two improved camping areas; one on the north side and one on the south side of the lake. The east end of Jackson Trail starts at North Karick Lake. Camping at Karick Lake is first come first served except for the primitive youth camping area on the north side. The campgrounds are located east of county road 189 approximately 7.5 miles north of Baker.

Karick Lake bass fishing normally picks up in late February and early March as water temperatures rise into the upper 50’s and lower 60’s and bass begin moving into shallower waters for pre-spawning and spawning activities. Prior to this time bass can usually be found in 6-10 feet of water. Dark colored plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps fished slowly are usually productive. As water reaches spawning temperatures (62-68 degrees) bass can usually be found in waters 2-6 feet in depth. Plastic worms, crankbaits, and surface lures can all be productive at this time. Periods of several warm days in a row following a cold snap can really turn fish on to a feeding binge and result in some excellent fishing. Cold fronts moving in throughout the quarter will send fish to deeper water and slow feeding activities. Anglers should pay close attention to the weather while planning their trips.

No swimming is allowed.

North Karick Lake Recreation Area:


  • Karick Lake (65 acres)
  • Hiking trail
  • Picnicking
  • Canoeing
  • Leashed Pets Allowed
  • Fishing


  • Campsites with electricity and water
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Boat ramp
  • Pier
  • North Karick Lake Youth Area is a primitive camping area with restrooms nearby. Reservations are required for the Youth Area: Call 850/ 957-6140


  • Karick Lake Trailwalker Trail
  • Panhandle Birding Trail: Karick Lake, 1.4M

South Karick Lake Recreation Area:

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