Little Lagoon Facts

Provided are some facts about Little Lagoon.

  • Once upon a time, ridge and swale topography and long shore coastal sedimentary processes gave rise to a remarkable, 8 mile long, ¾ mile wide, sand dominated, brackish water coastal lake called Little Lagoon
  • Little Lagoon is the largest (2,480ac) of a series of 5 E-W oriented coastal lakes which are an integral part of the Little Lagoon watershed
  • The watershed is roughly defined by the current dune system on its southern border and a paleo beach ridge system on its northern border
  • Lake Shelby (678 ac), Middle Lake (250 ac), Little Lake (45 ac), and Gator Lake (45 ac) are essentially fresh, tannin rich, lakes which receive salt water only during abnormally high (tropical) tides
  • The processes which created Little Lagoon also created an environment conducive to a prolific and diverse flora and fauna
  • Little Lagoon is home to more than 64 species of fish, 13 species of crab, 7 species of shrimp, 11 species of mollusks, 1 specie of starfish, and 3 species of jellyfish as residents and visitors
  • The 4 black water lakes east and west of the lagoon also support populations of bass, sunfish, catfish, crappie, striped bass, speckled trout, redfish, flounder, mullet, shrimp and blue crab
  • 373 species of migratory and resident birds have been documented within the western most 1/3 of the watershed in the Bon Secour National Wildlife refuge
  • Animal species within the watershed include alligator, beach mice, black bear, numerous species of snakes
  • Endangered animal species are: Alabama Beach Mouse, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Piping Plover, Wood Stork, Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Loggerhead Turtle, and Green Sea Turtle
  • For several hundred years Little Lagoon was a secret, known only to a few resident families and visitors.
  • Commercial fishing, shrimping, oystering, crabbing, and maritime trade was a way of life in this isolated, harsh environment
  • In 1979 and again in 2004 category 3 Hurricanes Frederick and Ivan scored direct hits on Gulf Shores
  • National publicity, low interest loan money, Federal Flood Insurance, and the general desire of our population to live on and visit the Gulf Coast resulted in dramatic development within the watershed
  • Little Lagoon as we once knew it is now being threatened and needs protection

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