A view of the back waters of Deer Lake
Wet Prairie
Wind swept beach of Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake at dusk
Clear water of the Gulf of Mexico
Snowy Plover Nest
Adult Snowy Plover
Sugar White Dunes
A view of the back waters of Deer Lake from the nature trail
Overview of a wet prairie nestled among the pines
The wind swept sugar white sand of the beach.
Deer Lake at dusk with the blue sky and clouds.
View of the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Deer Lake beach boardwalk
Snowy Plover nest; scattered twigs with 3 speckled eggs sitting in the middle
Adult Snowy Plover standing on the sugar white beach
Sugar white dunes of Deer Lake State Park

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Deer Lake State Park

Welcome to Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks can be seen in this coastal dune habitat. Rare plants such as Gulf coast lupine, spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss' sand grass-one of the largest populations found in Florida-are found in the park. Visitors may see splashes of color from summer wildflowers or some of the many species of resident or migratory birds and butterflies. A boardwalk across the dunes offers easy access to the beach where visitors can picnic, swim, and fish. It also offers a spectacular view of the dune ecosystem, one of 11 natural communities found in the park.

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