Parks are now
toll free, at
BIG LAGOON STATE RECREATION AREA
Big Lagoon State Recreation Area derives its name from a bordering body
of water called Big Lagoon. This coastal park which consists of 698 upland
acres, was opened in 1978 and beckons visitors with all the recreational
opportunities expected at a Florida state park.
A 500-seat amphitheater is a wonderful alternative for group meetings. A separate meeting room and equipped kitchen are available. Reservations are a must; and a nominal fee is charged for use of the facilities.
A variety of water sports attract visitors to the park. Swimming and beach activities are enjoyed on the shore of Big Lagoon. When swimming, stay alert; keep your safety and that of others in mind by staying clear of boat traffic.
A boat ramp with dock provides easy access to the lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The beaches, shallow bays, boardwalks, nature trails and open woodlands offer ample opportunity for nature study.
An observation tower at the East Beach area provides a panoramic view of Big Lagoon, the park and Gulf Islands National Seashore across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Numerous interpretive exhibits are located throughout the park. Guided walks, campfire programs and recreational skills programs are offered seasonally and upon special request for groups.