Information about Big Pine Key, west side, Pine Channel, FL
The island of Big Pine Key in Monroe County is home to the only freshwater lake in the Florida Keys. The lake is called the Blue Hole and is an abandoned rock quarry. The quarry is home to wildlife including alligators and green iguanas. Big Pine Key is also home to the National Key Deer Refuge.Pine Channel is located off the western coast of Big Pine Key. It is crossed by the Overseas Highway that connects Big Pine Key’s western shore to Little Torch Key.