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.
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.
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 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.