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General Information

Description - This 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. Located on County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Attractions - Come and enjoy the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you bring your fishing gear or your beach chair you will be sure to enjoy the sugar sand beaches along the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Wildlife viewing is also possible at this park.

Recreation - Bring your bike or your favorite hiking shoes and enjoy the access to Walton County’s ten mile walking/biking trail that winds along the coast and goes through many picturesque seaside communities. For the more adventurous take the trails through the natural areas of the park where you can spend minutes or hours enjoying natural Florida.

Swimming and fishing are available in designated areas.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - The park is located on CR 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.


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Contact Information:
Deer Lake State Park, 357 Main Park Road , Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, 32459, Phone: 850-231-0337
, michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website

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