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13 of 14 Types of Louisiana Recreational Facilities--State Parks
Ivan Gillis
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Louisiana State Parks

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Bayou Segnette State Park

Jefferson Parish

676 acres(274 ha)[6]

Bayou Segnette State Park features a wave pool with a capacity of up to 400 people depending on lifeguard staffing.[8]

A grey tent set up on Bayou Segnette park grounds

Bogue Chitto State Park

Washington Parish

1,786 acres(723 ha)[9]

Bogue Chitto State Park, pronounced bo–guh chit–uh,[11] contains 14 miles (23 km) of equestrian trails with the trailhead located near Fricke's Cave.[9]

Beach cairs along the river at Bogue Chitto state park

Chemin-A-Haut State Park

Morehouse Parish

503 acres(204 ha)[5]

The park was designed with children in mind and has two playgrounds at the day use area.[5]

Canoes tied to a pole at Chemin-A-Haut state park

Chicot State Park

Evangeline Parish

6,400 acres(2,590 ha)[13][14]

Chicot State Park contains the Louisiana State Arboretum, which has a mature beechmagnolia forest.[14]

A fishing pier over the swamp

Cypremort Point State Park

St. Mary Parish

185 acres(75 ha)[13][15]

Most of the park is situated on a half-mile stretch of a man-made beach.[15]

An outside pavilion on the grass

Fairview-Riverside State Park

St. Tammany Parish

98 acres(40 ha)[17]

The Otis house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the park.[18]

A two-story light yellow plantation home

Fontainebleau State Park

St. Tammany Parish

2,800 acres(1,133 ha)[19]

The park was once the site of a sugar plantation and brick yard operated by Bernard de Marigny.[19]

The sun setting over Lake Pontchartrain

Grand Isle State Park

Jefferson Parish

140 acres(57 ha)[21]

Grand Isle State Park is the only state-owned and -operated beach on the Louisiana gulf coast.[24]

A pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico

Jimmie Davis State Park

Jackson Parish

294 acres(119 ha)[25]

Many of the largest bass caught in Louisiana have been in Caney Lake Reservoir which is in the park.[27] As of 2010, the largest bass from Louisiana was caught at Caney Lake.[28]

Two silhouetted people fishing on a boat

Lake Bistineau State Park

Webster Parish

750 acres(304 ha)[29][13]

Lake Bistineau State Park is the first state park in Louisiana to accommodate African Americans, starting in 1956. The two separated areas are an artifact of the segregated nature of the park at the time.[31]

Cypress trees covered in moss in reflective water

Lake Bruin State Park

Tensas Parish

53 acres(21 ha)[32]

Lake Bruin State Park was originally established in 1928 as a fish hatchery.[34]

A shaded area next to a small pier

Lake Claiborne State Park

Claiborne Parish

643 acres(260 ha)[35]

Lake Claiborne State Park is situated on, but does not include, Lake Claiborne, the park's main attraction. When at full reservoir level, Lake Claiborne has a surface area of 6,400 acres (2,590 ha).[37]

A pier extending out into the swamp

Lake D'Arbonne State Park

Union Parish

655 acres(265 ha)[38]

Lake D'Arbonne State Park offers disc golf. The course is located near the group camp.[38]

A lifeguard watching people swim in a pool

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

Iberia and St. Martin parishes

6,000 acres(2,428 ha)[40]

The site was once part of the Atchafalaya Basin and the surrounding land was once the home of the Chitimacha Native Americans.[40]

A dried up swamp bed

North Toledo Bend State Park

Sabine Parish

900 acres(364 ha)[41][42]

The park is situated on Toledo Bend Reservoir,[41] the 5th largest in the nation by surface area.[44]

An motor home set up with party lights on the outside

Palmetto Island State Park

Vermilion Parish

1,299 acres(526 ha)[45]

The visitor center complex contains a water playground and a bathhouse.[46]

A picture of a lake with dormant trees in the back

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

Richland Parish

2,700 acres(1,093 ha)[47]

Due to an active bear population, bear-proof containers are provided for waste disposal throughout the park.[49]

A truck backing a boat into the water

St. Bernard State Park

St. Bernard Parish

358 acres(145 ha)[50]

A local family business donated the land for the park to Louisiana in 1971.[51]

A brown brick welcome center building

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Calcasieu Parish

1,087 acres(440 ha)[52]

The park is located north of the most productive birding region of Louisiana. At certain times of year, nearly 200 species of birds can be seen within 30 miles (48 km) of the park.[52]

Cypress trees in a swamp.

South Toledo Bend State Park

Vernon Parish

1,000 acres(405 ha)[53]

South Toledo Bend State Park is a nesting ground for the bald eagle, which feeds from the supply of freshwater fish, including largemouth bass, catfish, bream, and white perch.[53]

Visitor center surrounded by pine trees.

Tickfaw State Park

Livingston Parish

1,200 acres(486 ha)[54]

Tickfaw State Park contains four distinct ecosystems: a cypress/tupeloswamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest,[55]and the Tickfaw River.



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