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.
Birds of all shapes and sizes can be found within the park boundaries of Deer Lake State Park.
The park offers the perfect environment for Surf Fishing.
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.
Deer Lake State Park offers a 1.5 mile nature trail located across from the park entrance on the North side of County Road 30-A.
The sugar white sandy beach of the state park offers the ideal area for swimming in the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida black bear, coyote, Snowy plover, and deer are just a few of the animals and birds that call Deer Lake State Park home.
Deer Lake State Park offers one of the most serene beaches in Walton County, Florida. With its sugar white sand and clear waters this is the perfect beach for swimming, sun bathing, and numerous other beach activities.
The park offers one picnic pavilion on a first-come, first-served basis. The pavilion is located at the day-use parking area.