Florida State Parks 75th Anniversary Logo
A tree-lined bay shore at West Beach picnic area. This photo shows the rustic beams, the inviting stone fireplace and the picnic tables found at the Governor's pavilion. A view of the boat ramp picnic area, taken from the Intracoastal Waterway at Big Lagoon. This green anole lizard is well camouflaged by the brightly colored tree branches.
Big Lagoon State Park
The East Beach observation tower rises from open grassland, offering a view of Big Lagoon.

History and Culture

Big Lagoon State Park derives its name from the bordering body of water along its southern shore. Natural communities, ranging from tidal salt marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during spring and fall migrations. Valued as wetlands, marshes attract and provide important habitat for many birds and animals. Foxes, raccoons, deer and opossums are often observed in the park. Great blue herons, king rails and other waterfowl are daily visitors. Upland portions of the park provide refuge for cardinals, towhees, brown thrashes and nuthatches. This land became a state park in 1977.

The original triangular park entrance sign from 1978.

Entry Sign 1978

This original entry sign, made of cedar, reflects the style of many of the park facilities in 1978.

This aerial photo shows the blue waters and natural landscape of Big Lagoon State Park around 1978.

Aerial Big Lagoon

This aerial of Big Lagoon State Park, taken circa 1978, shows the alternating dune and swale formation created by rising and falling sea levels during three periods of glaciation. The original facilities are also visible.

This round logo features a campsite, campers and the years 1935 and 1955 celebrated the Florida Park Service's 50th Anniversary.

50th Anniversary

The brochure featuring this logo was developed for the Florida Park Service's 50th Anniversary celebration in 1985. Special events held in honor of the occasion included interpretive programs, musical performances and guided walks.

This photo, taken from the observation tower looks back from the lagoon, over grassland, to the East Beach facilities.

View from the Tower

This view from the observation tower looks back towards the East Beach facilities. These buildings were first constructed with renewable cedar shake roofs and cedar siding. After they were damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, they were rebuilt using metal roofs and cement siding and were slightly elevated.

Dr. Marion Williams teaches ecology to children in an 'outdoor classroom' at West Beach.

Outdoor Classroom

Local educator, Dr. Marion Williams, teaches ecology in an 'outdoor classroom' at West Beach. Seine nets capture estuarine life and the children assist in identifying and releasing the organisms.