Camping at Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

Cuddled by the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park isolates the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. It is not exaggerative when this park is nationally claimed as a natural community – a beautiful land which embraces diverse flora and fauna ranging from saltwater marshes to pine Flatwoods, captivates a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations. This park has been becoming tourists’ and campers’ desirable destination for both outdoor activities in general and camping in particular.

Currently, the park offers three kinds of camping with up to approximately 100 campsites in total.

1. Primitive group campsites

For those who fancy camping primitively, they should come for Primitive group campsite. However, as mentioned in the name, those campsites is typically designed for groups only. Therefore, you need to be sure that your group has a minimum of 11 members and maximum of 40 people.

Commonly, youth or extended families often target those sites. Because those sites are large and spacious enough for group activities. Also, the park offers room for parking vehicles in this area. More interestingly, each size of a group not only includes the permitted number of campers and vehicles but day visitors with the group as well.

A Primivite family campsite

All reservations are required; however, “first comes, first serves”. As a result, the sooner you make your reservation, the better site you can get. According to the park statistic, while less than 50% of adult groups under 18 years old book 30 days in advance, more than 50% of youth groups under 18 years old book even 69 days in advance.

Youth camping at Big Lagoon State Park

Fees for this kind of camping is extremely inexpensive because of a bit poor facilities here (only water, shower and restrooms are available). If you are under 18 years old, you only have to pay $1 per night. If you are older, you need to pay a bit more, at $5 per night

2. Camping Full Hookups

Embraced by cool and beautiful pine flats, each site here are fully equipped with 30/50 amp electric, water, a picnic table and a fire ring or a ground grill.

An electric campground

These campsites are not designed uniquely for a single subject; they are typical for individuals, groups, and families. However, the number of each group is no more than six people, which guarantee enough space for each need.

Dumping and Water Station at a Campground

Besides, these sites offer campers room for parking as well. Any RV is 40 ft maximum of length is permitted. Also, three full-service restrooms and a dump station are available there, so there is no need for you to worry that what if your car engine runs out of gas.

3. Cabins

If you desire to camp outside with not only full hookups but also electricity to light up at night, you would prefer to opt for several cabins offered by the park.

Cabins at Big Lagoon State Park

4. Policies and Reservation

All pets on leash are welcomed in most campsites and designated areas. Also, some areas of the park are wheelchair accessible; and beach wheelchair is even available for visitors to freely use at the Ranger Station.

Wheelchair accessible sites

For all sites, you are supposed to make a reservation in advance. There are two ways for you to book: online or call the park directly at (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.). There is no exception, so the thing you need to do is to check your time and book as soon as possible to get your favorite site.

5. Activities

Famously known as a coastal park, this State Park offers diverse recreation activities for tourists and campers. Small beach areas featuring tranquil flows of water in the Intracoastal Waterway are perfect for you to peacefully enjoy dawn, sunset or a variety of water sport like swimming, fishing, boating, and canoeing. More interestingly, you are likely to even catch redfish, bluefish, flounder and sea trout seasonally.

Scenic view of the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway along Las Olas Boulevard.

Furthermore, an observation tower at the East Beach area offers a stunning view of Big Lagoon, the park itself and Gulf Islands National Seashore as well.

Additionally, nature trails and open woodlands shaded by pines and oaks of the park provide endless opportunities for visitors to explore, enjoy and experience.

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