Little Lagoon Fun facts

Once upon a time, ridge and swale topography and longshore coastal sedimentary processes gave rise to a remarkable, 8 mile long, 3/4 mile wide, sand dominated, brackish water coastal lake called Little Lagoon

Little Lagoon is the largest (2,480 acres) of a series of 5 East-West oriented coastal lakes, which are an integral part of the Little Lagoon watershed

The watershed is defined by the current dune system on its southern border and a paleo beach ridge system on its norther border

Lake Shelby (678 ac), Middle Lake (250 ac), and Gator Lake (45 ac), are essentially fresh, tannin-rich lakes that receive saltwater only during abnormally high (tropical) tide

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, 11 species of mollusks, 7 species of shrimp, 3 species of jellyfish, and 1 species of starfish

Animal species within the watershed include alligators, beach mice, black bears, and numerous species of snakes

Little Lagoon was a secret for hundreds of years, known only to a few resident families and visitors

In 1979 and 2004, Category 3 Hurricanes, Frederick and Ivan scored direct hits on Gulf Shores.  In 2020, hurricane Sally caused destruction as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph

National publicity, low-interest loans, 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 and our help

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