||About Dog Island
Dog Island is located
just 3.5 miles off-shore from Carrabelle. The origin of the name
"Dog" island is a mystery; one legend says that Native Americans
believed the shape of the island resembled a crouching dog, another says
that the island was named after "seadogs" (a nickname for
sailors). The island has a
rich maritime history. Evidence
of early residents includes the discovery of a 9th century canoe. During
the 17th and 18th century the island became a haven of piracy
||and smuggling along
with the other barrier islands in the area.
There have been a few major shipwrecks on or near Dog Island.
Currently, there are less than 100 people
living on the island, which is only accessible by boat or plane. There are
water-taxi services available from Carrabelle.
Less than seven miles long, the majority of Dog Island is owned by
the Nature Conservancy, with some privately owned residential property.
The island has pristine marshes and forests and miles of unspoiled
white sand beaches to explore.