East Bay River

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East Bay River
The River Jordan, Chester River
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The East Bay River (here listed as El Rio Jordan, or the River Jordan) on a 1700s Spanish map of the area
EtymologyEast Bay
Nickname(s)The Red River, East River
CountryUnited States of America
RegionSanta Rosa County/Okaloosa County
MunicipalityNavarre, Mary Esther, Valparaiso
Physical characteristics
 • locationHurlburt Field, Mary Esther, Florida, United States of America
 • elevation31 ft (9.4 m)
 • location
East Bay, Navarre, Florida, United States of America
 • elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Length15 mi (24 km)
 • average40 cu ft/s (1.1 m3/s)
Basin features
 • leftSeveral unnamed creeks
 • rightArachno Creek, Panther Creek, Alligator Creek, and several other unnamed creeks

The East Bay River (also called the East River[1] and historically known as The River Jordan or the Chester River[2]) in Florida is a 15-mile-long (24 km)[3] river located in Santa Rosa[4] and Okaloosa counties. It flows from east to west, forming near Hurlburt Field, and empties into the eastern portion of East Bay (Florida) near the towns Holley and Navarre. The river forms part of the southern boundary of Eglin Air Force Base.

There is one public boat launch ramp located on the river, along State Road 87 in Holley, near the outlet into Pensacola Bay.[5]

Named tributaries include Arachno Creek, Alligator Creek,[6] and Panther Creek.[7]

The average discharge rate is 40 cubic feet per second.[8]


  1. ^ "EAST BAY RIVER AT FL 87". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Archived from the original on December 23, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. ^ "Navarre's earliest recorded heritage began with Spanish explorers in 1693". Navarre Press. 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 15, 2011
  4. ^ "Santa Rosa County Future Land Use Map Series Map 3-3 - Rivers, Bays, Lakes, Floodplains, Beaches, Shores & Estuaries Map" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  5. ^ "East River Boat Ramp". Santa Rosa County Citizen Service Center. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  6. ^ "GNIS Detail - Alligator Creek". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2021-11-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "GNIS Detail - Panther Creek". United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  8. ^ Atlas of Florida, Fernald, Edward A., Florida State University Foundation, 1981, ISBN 0960670807, OCLC 8000329{{citation}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

Coordinates: 30°26′24″N 86°51′47″W / 30.440°N 86.863°W / 30.440; -86.863