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Dog Island Beach

Dog Island is the smallest inhabited island of the chain of four Franklin County barrier islands. It is located at the eastern end of the county, just offshore from where the Crooked River merges into the Carrabelle River and then into St. George Sound. This island is small at 6.8 miles in length, accessible only by boat, ferry or airplane.

The island was discovered by the French in 1536 although historians say the island has some evidence of human presence dating back as early as 8,000 years ago. The discovery of a 9th century canoe is a testament to prehistoric mariners on the island.

Dog Island received its namesake from the French supposedly because of the island’s shape – it resembles a crouched dog – other history accounts say the island is so named because wild dogs were found on the island and that early ships put their common sailors - known as dogs - on the islands before docking on the mainland so they could not jump ship.

During the Civil War, Dog Island was used by the Union Navy as a base for staging the blockade of Apalachicola.

During World War II, Dog Island was part of Camp Gordon Johnston, an army training camp once located on the mainland at Lanark Village. Dog Island was used for amphibious landings and airdrops. After World War II, Florida businessman Jeff Lewis purchased the island.

Today, Dog Island features approximately 10 vacation homes, a remote Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, and only a handful of full-time residents. Most of Dog Island is a nature preserve – the entire western end of the island is owned by the Nature Conservancy. In the fall and early Spring, the island is alive with migrating birds.


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