Explore Wewahitchka

The land of the Dead Lakes & Tupelo Honey

Wewahitchka, or “Wewa”, is the home of the Dead Lakes Park and Recreational area of Florida, which ironically hosts some of the best freshwater fishing in the nation and some of the best hunting in the state.


Wewa is one of those quaint cities that help visitors appreciate and discover “Old Florida”. Rich in natural resources, the Dead Lakes were formed years ago, when the waters of the Apalachicola and Chipola Rivers converged on a cypress swamp, flooding the low-lying area.

Later, a flood of salt water temporarily replaced the fresh water, killed the cypress trees and left only stumps. These are the basis of the moniker, Dead Lakes.


Wewa is also the land of tupelo honey , which was immortalized in a Hollywood film starring Peter Fonda. Today the 80-square mile area is by surrounded farms, timber and exceptional fishing.

The uniqueness of the honey from this region is unquestioned – microscopic pollen analysis is possible to determine the source. Tupelo honey is prized for features including its distinct flavor and lack of granulation.

Under the great mossy oaks of Lake Alice, people come from all over the world to the small town of Wewahitchka, Florida each spring to attend the Tupelo Honey Festival and taste this locally grown rare delicacy.

Annual Tupelo Honey Festival on the banks of Lake Alice

Tupelo Honey bees