Deer Lake State Park is a 1,995-acre facility named after a freshwater coastal dune lake within its boundaries. It became a state park in 1996.
Coastal parks often suffer in the aftermath of hurricanes. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan struck the panhandle of Florida and destroyed the Deer Lake beach boardwalk.
Florida State Parks' staff work diligentlry to reopen parks following natural disasters. After the 2004-2005 hurricane season, a temporary stairwell was put in place for access to the beach.
In April 2009, a new ADA accessible beach boardwalk was opened, making beach access available for all visitors.
A paved ADA-accessibe trail was put in place to provide all visitors access to the boardwalk and beach to enjoy the view of the park's dunes.
Deer Lake State Park is named after a freshwater coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Trail access to the Gulf of Mexico opens to a magnificent dune field and to a pristine section of beach. Sea oats hold the dune in place against erosion and provide habitat for the endangered Choctawhatchee beach mouse. (Photo by Terry Yarbrough)