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Camping Or Day-Tripping In Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana

Needing a new outdoor adventure to check off your bucket list? Imagine having the option to drive through a green scenery, fishing by the pond, or sunbathing by the lake. Located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park provides tranquility for the outdoor enthusiast. The 2,800- acre park is located a short drive from New Orleans across the 24 mile long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. There is a small admission fee of $3 per person with seniors and children under 3 are free. Receive a park map and get ready for the many activities and sites.

Accommodations:

Fontainebleau State Park has several accommodations for the day-trippers or overnight traveler. There are three (3) sites to choose from for pitching a tent to parking a Recreational Vehicles (RV). For those who want to splurge or outdoor camping doesn’t interest you, there are cabins and group lodging available for reservation. Overwater bungalow options located about a mile from the rest of the campsites.

Say goodbye to a Potter Potty only campsite. This park has restrooms with multiple showers and a clothes-changing area. Bring shower shoes for the transition from muddy to clean. There are water station sites to gather water for your dishes, cleaning, extinguishing fire pits, or other personal usage. Visitors can bring their own fire pit and firewood for convenience. The park provides limited fire pits sites. Visitors are not allowed to dig ground holes to build fire pits. Visitors are allowed to search for fallen, dry timber around the park.

Fallen Wood. Please note: No chainsaws are allowed.

There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park. Some picnic areas provides barbecue grills for day usage. In addition, visitors can rent out the park’s pavilion for day usage. Call ahead to make reservation because they goes fast.

Picnic Pavilion near the lakefront.
Walkway to Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

Activities:

There are several playgrounds for individuals that are bringing kids or have the kid in them. Many campsite locations allows relaxation while viewing the kids running by the playground.

One of the playground sites.

The park has three (3) trails accessible by bike, hiking, or nature walking. Visitors can see remnants of Bernard’s de Marigny’s plantation and sugar mill. Also, access the 31-mile protect trail of Tammany Trace. View the park’s map to see which trail satisfies your need.

A fishing pond on a nature walk.
Rest by the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a change of scenery, visitor can enjoy the sand between their toes or a quick dip in the cool Lake Pontchartrain waters. On a clear day, sailboats are viewed throughout the lake.

View from the beach.
View from the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach close to tree area.

There are areas along the beach for saltwater fishing. If you are 16 and older, you must have a valid Louisiana fishing license. The pier provides a 360 view of the rental cabins, the beach, lake view of the bridge, and the greenery of the park. A bathhouse located off the beach to not track sand back to campsites.

Visitors can walk or bike ride to the pier.

Fontainebleau State Park has much to offer it visitors. The location is 62883 Hwy 1089, Mandeville, Louisiana. The general contact number is (985) 624-4443 or (888) 677-3668. Email address: fntbleau@crt.state.la.us

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