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Big Lagoon - Amphitheater

The amphitheater is available for rent at this park. Rentals cover the cost of the facility ONLY, and does not cover park entrance fees. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling (850) 492-1595.

The amphitheater features stadium-style bench seating, for up to 250 people. Electricity, water, attached restrooms and trash receptacles are included. The fee is $150.00 +tax per day (does not include park entrance fees).

 

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Big Lagoon - Beaches

Small beach areas along the quiet waters of the Intracoastal Waterway (NOTE: NOT Gulf of Mexico beaches) are the perfect place to relax or play.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

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Big Lagoon - Bicycling

Bicycling is popular along the 2.5-mile long paved main park drive. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

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Big Lagoon - Birding

Birding opportunities (sea birds, shore birds, and migratory birds) are available at the park.

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Big Lagoon - Boat Ramp

A two-lane boat ramp is available on the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Big Lagoon - Camping Full Facility

Camping is available in designated areas. Surrounded by beautiful pine flats, this campground has 75 sites, each equipped with 30/50amp electric, water, a picnic table, and a fire ring/ground grill. Three full-service restrooms and a dump station are available. Pets are welcome in the campground.

Maximum RV length = 40 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

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Big Lagoon - Camping, Primitive Grp

A primitive group/youth camp is available.

Minimum size of group: 11 persons. Maximum size of group: 40 persons.* Vehicle limit: 10 vehicles in youth camp*

* Size of group and vehicles includes not only campers in the group/youth camp, but also day visitors with the group.

Reservations may be made ahead of time by calling (850) 492-1595.

Youth group (more than 50% under 18 years of age) reservations may be made 60 days in advance.

Adult group (less than 50% under 18 years of age) reservations may be made 30 days in advance.

Costs:

$1/night per person under 18 years old

$5/night per person 18 years or older

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Big Lagoon - Canoe Kayak Launch

A hand launch is available at this park.

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Big Lagoon - Canoeing and Kayaking

A hand launch is available at this park.

Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available from the Ranger Station.

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Big Lagoon - Family Reunions

Big Lagoon offers several pavilions available for rent for family reunions.

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Big Lagoon - Fishing

Fishing brings in redfish, bluefish, flounder and sea trout seasonally. Crabbing and castnetting for mullet in the lagoon are also popular.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Big Lagoon - Geo-Seeking

Several geocaches are located throughout the park.

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Big Lagoon - Hiking Nature Trail

This park offers 5 miles of hiking and nature trails.

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Big Lagoon - Parking

Parking is available in designated areas of the park.

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Big Lagoon - Pets

Pets are allowed in designated areas only.

Escambia County prohibits pets on beaches and/or waterways.

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Big Lagoon - Picnic Pavilion

There are 15 family style pavilions that will seat from 10 to 150 people. There are grills and trash cans at each pavilion, and a restroom near by.

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Big Lagoon - Picnicking

Picnic tables, grills, and and covered shelters are all available.

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Big Lagoon - Playground

Playgrounds are available in the campground and at the West Beach Use Area in the park.

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Big Lagoon - Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are located throughout the park at each of the use areas.

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Big Lagoon - Showers Day Visitors

Public showers are available. Outdoor open showers are located at the various picnic areas in the park. Hot-water enclosed showers are located in the campground and are available for registered campers.

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Big Lagoon - Star Gazing

Star Gazing programs are offered throughout the year at the park.  Please check out the events listing on this website for the next upcoming date, or call the Ranger Station at (850) 492-1595.

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Big Lagoon - Swimming

Swimming is available in designated areas along the Intracoastal Waterway.  There are no lifeguards on duty. Swimming is at your own risk.

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Big Lagoon - Walking

The park offers 5 miles of hiking and nature trails for walking.

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Big Lagoon - Water Fountain Potable Water

Potable water is available at several locations throughout the park's picnic areas.

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Big Lagoon - Weddings

While we do not offer wedding planning services, the park does offer the following facilities for rent, which may be utilized for weddings.

Rentals cover the cost of the facility ONLY, does not cover park entrance fees. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling (850) 492-1595.

Governor's Pavilion

Picnic table seating for up to 250 persons.

Electricity, water, built in grill, built in fireplace, attached restrooms, trash receptacles.

$150.00 +tax per day (does not include park entrance fees)

Amphitheater

Stadium style bench seating for up to 250 persons.

Electricity, water, attached restrooms, trash receptacles.

$150.00 +tax per day (does not include park entrance fees)

Pavilion # 39

Picnic table seating for up to 75 persons.

Small grill, trash receptacles, nearby restrooms.

$75.00 +tax per day (does not include park entrance fees)

Pavilion # 46

Picnic table seating for up to 75 persons.

Small grill, trash receptacles, nearby restrooms.

$75.00 +tax per day (does not include park entrance fees)

 

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Big Lagoon - Wheelchair Accessible

Several areas of the park are wheelchair accessible.

Beach wheelchairs are available for visitor use free of charge through the Ranger Station.

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Big Lagoon - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.