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FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK
FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK
62883 Highway 1089
Mandeville, Louisiana   70448

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At Fontainebleau State Park, the setting sun blazes through live oaks draped with Spanish moss. 2010, Lana Gramlich

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The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and indeed there is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852. The plantation income helped support his lavish lifestyle. He named his large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings.

The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the lake dotted with multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating.

The park's nature trail is a favorite of nature lovers. Interpretive signs along the trail will help you identify many of the common trees and shrubs. Always be on the lookout for birds and other animals. Over 400 different species live in and around Fontainebleau. The Fontainebleau Birding Guide is a good resource for enthusiasts to identify the numerous species of birds found in the area. Bordered on three sides by water--Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine--and characterized by a convergence of diverse ecosystems, it has a multitude of habitats for birds.

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Cabins
12 available, 2 are ADA compliant, sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Camping
In the camping area, there are 126 improved campsites with water, electricity, barbecue grills and picnic tables at each. An adjacent bathhouse and dump station are also provided. In addition, there are 37 unimproved campsites and a primitive camping area for those who want to "rough it." There are also 200 undesignated campsites.

The park also offers a group camp. Camp Number 3 can accommodate 65 people. A nearby swimming pool is available for guests at the group camp and lodge. A fishing pier with freshwater fishing is available at this camp. All group camps include dormitory sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchens.

Just across U.S. Highway 190 from the main part of the park is the Fontainebleau State Park Lodge. The Lodge includes sleeping facilities for ten people, with a maximum capacity of twelve, as well as a kitchen and two baths.
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Trails
4.8-mile hiking trail

1-1/4 mile nature trail
Area Attractions
Fort Pike State Historic Site --(adjacent to Old Spanish Trail on Old US 90, approximately 23 miles east of downtown New Orleans)--This historic masonry fort was completed in 1827 to defend New Orleans. Stroll through arched casemates and stand overlooking the Rigolets as sentries once did, enjoy living history programs, visit the museum or picnic at the pavilion.

Fairview-Riverside State Park --(2 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22)--Nestled among magnificent live oaks and situated on the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this gem of a state park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.

Town of Mandeville--(I-10 to US 190 north of New Orleans, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain)--Take the longest bridge over water in the world to scenic byways, swamp tours, antiques, shopping, festivals and trails.

Town of Madisonville--(LA 22 northwest of US 190 on north shore of Lake Pontchartrain)--Nostalgic river town of Tchefuncte River with great restaurants, antiques, boating and specialty shops.

Town of Covington--(I-12 to US 190)--A charming town of specialty shops, antiques, scenic byways, festivals, trails, campgrounds and B&Bs. A short drive from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

St. Bernard State Park--(18 miles southeast of New Orleans at Poydras)--Located on the Mississippi River, just minutes from New Orleans, the park features 51 improved campsites, a covered pavilion with grill, picnic tables, playground, swimming pool and nature trail in a tranquil and quiet setting.

Bayou Segnette State Park--(7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego)--Minutes from New Orleans, the park offers 20 waterfront cabins, 98 improved campsites, a group camp, wave pool, conference center, playgrounds, picnic tables and pavilions, a large boat launch, and abundant wildlife.

Tammany Trace--(Koop Drive, Mandeville)--Thirty-one miles of this "Rails-to-Trails" conversion are open from Slidell to Abita Springs. The Trace is a popular spot for cyclists, horseback riders, runners, skaters and walkers.

New Orleans and the Historic French Quarter-- Visit downtown New Orleans' museums, casinos, Aquarium of the Americas, the Riverwalk, or take a cruise on the Mississippi River.

Louisiana State Museum--(French Quarter, New Orleans)--One of New Orleans' top ten attractions, the State Museum is comprised of the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House and the Old U.S. Mint.

Antique Shopping in Ponchatoula --"America's Antique City."

Swamp Tours --Contact local guides for tours of Honey Island Swamp.

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area--(2 miles east of Slidell in St. Tammany Parish)--This 34,896-acre area is managed for wildlife and includes a cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwoods. Visitors may enjoy fishing, canoeing, boating, birding, crawfishing, hunting, a nature walk and rifle range.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 12 Park Police by Denise C.
I have always loved everything about this park. Thanks to my new friend JAMIE (Park Police)for the fire wood, fire and company. I was feeling warm that chilly night! Hope to see ya soon!
August 8 Great place for Scouts by Jen
We recently took a group of 21 Boy Scouts here for the weekend, and they had a wonderful time. Thank you for making this a special trip for the boys and the parents:)
February 24 Family Fun by G.J.KnightII
Great place for a family outing. Bring the bikes nice and easy bike trail and lots of pavement,also a camera plenty of deer to be seen up close. Nice restrooms and showers up to date.
September 26 Diversity of Activities by Erik Willie
Years ago I was scared away from this park because of how filthy and run down it was. However, last year I went back and discovered that there have been some MAJOR changes!! The park is a great place for a family to get away for a week or just a day. The beach offers hours of entertainment for those of all ages. There are endless places to hike or ride bikes. The black top bike trail is a plus as well. The travel trailer spots are well suited for even the largest of rvs. The only down side is there isnt much in the way of fishing compared to other parks. It is on the lake so consequentley there is no boat launch. But you can just drive down the road a couple of miles and launch in the river. I would reccomend this park to anyone.
September 11 Bacteria levels!!
We came to the park hoping to let our children swim at the beach. When we walked down to the beach/ lake front and there was an bacteria advisery that said it was not suitable for swimming. When I called to ask about swimming I wish they would have told us that the beach was not suitable for such. There were several families there letting there children swim in the high bacteria leval water! How could u not heed the warning!!? There is a reason that the department of health and hospitals put these warnings up!! Also the splash park was not operational. Atleast have clean water if the beach is under advisery! Other than that it was a great park, very clean.
March 25 Peaceful by Jerry Meeks
Lovely place, very well maintained
March 11 Beautiful... by Sarah
Spent Marti Gras here, loved our stay. The Cabins were nice and well kept. Saw a lot of wild life...
December 27 Favorite Family Vacation by Susie
Our family rented two cabins during the Christmas holidays. The cabins were great although if they had a toaster, they would be better. We enjoyed the walking trails, the wildlife, the beauty of the old moss covered trees. Took lots of pictures. This is a great place for a family reunion.
October 25 beautiful by Joseph & April
We had a last minute camping trip this past weekend for my sons soccer tournament and were told about fountainebleau so we decided to go check it out. It was so nice and peaceful just to be out there in a tent the kids loved it and so did me and my wife. theres so much to do and see. If your into history and stories go to the visitor center and talk to Grey Hawk he is amazing and eager to help. The beach at sun set is amazing. and after sun down the deer come out everywhere its beautiful.We will definitely be back on a regular basis. We highly recommend this place anytime of the year.
October 19 First time camping by jaimeg
My familey had a great time camping with the Boy scouts pack 30 my son caught his first fish he will remember this for the rest of his life thank you Fountainebleau
October 4 Misses the chance for greatness. by ggmom
Brought my telescope with me thinking of dark skies. If the lights were shielded this place would be great, skys clear, too bright. On the week-ends, when the place is full of kids and parties they need to enforce the 10:00pm quiet time, or make it 11:00 pm. Very, very loud until 1:00 am.
September 2 EXCELLENT by Donald Jr
My family and friends went for the weekend my wife and friends daughter it was there birthday weekend for them and we had a great time beside the rain other than that the park was great it was a very long time since Iwas there as a kid . Everyone that works at the park was great very nice and helpful the Host was great and they remind me of my grand parents. It was a very enjoyable weekend , Can wait to go back.Nothing wrong with this State park on a scale 0 to 10 its a 100
August 1 Great Park by Jennifer
We have fun in the Park. We enjoy it.
August 1 Beautiful location by Randy
We stayed here on our way to Texas, and again a month later on our way back to Florida. Great campground, new bathrooms, and fantastic for biking or hiking. Sunsets on the lake will take your breath away.
August 1 Sure to return! by The Bickford Family
Went with my family and another couple, we brought 3 kids with us, and every single one of us had a blast! The staff was friendly, the facilities were well maintained and our neighboring campers were very respectful of the rules and showed great southern hospitality! The raccoons are smart little devils though, so watch out!
March 28 we enjoyed staying there
we stayed there for around 4 winters in 98 99 2001 03 very nice place friendly people and nice place to bike ride to town on the trace
February 7 So beautiful & So spiritual a place. by A Callegan
Our first visit to fontainbleau was so awesome.My wife & I love it.The Park is so clean. The Trails are peaceful & gorgeous.The Pier at dawn has to be experienced. A must see.
September 28 Beautiful Park by R Williams
The camp ground was a nice get away for my wife and me. We live within an hour of Fontainebleau but took our camper and stayed for the weekend. We fished, and caught a few blue crabs Fontainebleau was once the site of a sugar mill with some of the structure still standing with a small museum. Looking at the sites of days gone by was a treat. The gentlemen in the museum were very nice. One was making authentic arrow heads and another was making some type of wooden paddle using an old tool. The grounds have great old oak trees with plenty of room for all types of activities. Our whole experience was a great one and we will return again.
September 4 YES I DO by Gimena Valera
my husband and i got engaged there and after 6 months we got married there also. Now we have 2 kids and im preagnant and we go there every month.... I LVE IT!!
June 24 Nice clean beach. .
Nice clean beach , expect they need more trees near the beach for shade. The old beach house should be repaired because it is an old Landmark for the old and the young.
June 23 Where the Wild Things Are by Courtney
We found this park through www.reserveamerica.com. We choose it for the beautiful pictures of the place we saw and the fact it was far enough away yet close enough. With our clumsy kids I was thrilled to see a hospital on the other side of the road from the entrance of the park. While we were driving around their very confusing campground looking for our site we found 2 deer. It was amazing, only being there about 10min and already we were seeing wildlife. The rangers and other personnel were very nice and very helpful the time that we were there. The park was also very close to Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. 3.00 and a beautiful 20-30 min drive and your in New Orleans. That night when we returned from N.O. we discovered someone had ransacked our campground. Have no fear this someone was no one of the human variety. Raccoons had found the cook box and dug through it, stealing graham crackers and raisins. But they were well mannered raccoons, they wiped their lil paws on the roll of toilet paper we keep for just in cases and made sure to leave us some graham crackers and raisins. The next morning was not let down either. We were visited by many different types of birds drinking from our dripping faucet. As we broke down camp and rode around we saw many rabbits along the state park. We are in love with this park. It is so well kept. The thing that we will be coming back for and hopefully by the end of the summer is their cabins. I hope they are as beautiful and as well kept as the rest of the camp.
June 17 Cabins are fantastic! by Voss Family
We rented Cabin #2 and were really impressed. It was a wonderful, memorable time.
June 11 very nice park
cheap to get in ,very beautiful scenery, and a nice beach for louisiana standards
April 29 Our favorite park by Ed & Sue
This park is great nice beach comfortable camp sites ,very cleans and best o f all great camp hosts. Would recommend this park for a nice family camping experience. Also Gold card friendly.
April 28 Wish I had more time by slehman
This park was amazing, absolutely beautiful. My family and I spend last weekend there and we wish we would have had more time there. The staff was awesome, our site was awesome, the facilities where so clean. We walked the nature trail and my family really enjoyed it. The squirls came and enjoyed some hot peanuts with us then helped themselves when we walked inside. It was too cute. I do however have one warning, bring bug spray, bug bite relief, and or some Benadryl, we did spray ourselves throughout the day however there where these horrible nats that where biting. These nats where around campsite only not on the trail. We could not enjoy sitting around the camper for too long without having to get up and go in. We are still itching 3 days later.
April 17
i came to visit in feburary and iwas very impressed the was a gentalman show us around help us see the owl that you had and gave us alot of info and history.
April 12 Impressive
I was traveling cross country on my motorcyle. What an awesome park. Nice campground. And the jumbo shrimp I picked up at the farmers market and town. The best ever. See you on my return trip. John . Oregon
April 5 WOW by Hannah
I went with a friend and we loved it.There was a nice pool, many clean/big playgrounds, beach, marshes,trails,and more!We did all of these things in about half aday without rushing! we had a blast!
March 3 Wonderful Mardi Gras Camping Trip 2009 by jw
We went for the Mardi Gras Holiday in order to get away and relax. It was a wonderful stay! The rangers have my full praise and thanks! My daughter went missing for a bit and they were extremly helpful and their proceedures to help find her safely. Thanks so much!
January 13 Great Weekend Escape...close by
We stayed the weekend before Thanksgiving 2008. The facilities were fantastic. The first time I was comfortable using the public showers. The grounds were also beautiful. The kids loved fishing from the gazebo and my husband and I loved the boardwalk trails. Definetly will stay again.
August 25 Great Weekend Fun! by The Cupits 8/2008
Took the grandkids, had a great time. The kids enjoyed seeing the deer and racoons at night time. The cabin was very nice and clean. Plan to go back.
August 6 Great now...getting better by pinetree
Katrina clobbered this area, but it is well on its way back. Level blacktop pull-throughs and back-ins. NOTE: Not all RV sites have electric and water. WiFi is great with at least 6 routers. Bathhouse and laundry were new and spotless.
August 6 GREAT PARK by Bill Hawkins
Rates right at the top of my favorites and I have been to quite a few! Even though they have not finished rebuilding, it is outstanding. Imagine what it will be when rebuilding is complete. Great staff. Wi-fi is super.
July 14 Great Spot by Steph and bpys
We had a terrific time on a weekend camping trip. The beach was great and the kids had a great time.
May 27 Nice Cabins
The new cabins are great and really really nice. Other than the ranger bugging us every 20min( very annoying) we had a good time. I would recommend it to anyone
May 19 the remodeling is beautiful.... by Eyecandyprincess
the beach walk way, gazebo, and the cabins are remarkable improvements to this area...question though what are the plans around the gated circle behind the old pool house...a volleyball area or picnic area would be nice...
May 5 Good location.
We left for an hour to go to the grocery store and our cooler was stolen. Although it was empty, it was still a major inconvenience. Also, because my group was mainly college students (6 of us) we were targeted by the Park Rangers- they drove by about every fifteen minutes to keep an eye on us. We had a good time otherwise!
May 2 Need Better Signage by Morgan
The park is coming along (post Katrina) and will be a showcase in the future. I love the WIFI. Suggestions: 1. Signs at the 190/59 intersection directing campers to the park. 2. Sign for park on 190 for campers coming from Lacombe. 3. Note on the reservation web site that holders of Golden Age Passport can receive a discount. The reservation personnel who answer the phones should also ask if the caller holds a Golden Age Passport card. Campers are not aware that the Louisiana State Parks honor the card.
April 19 FAVORITE PARK, GREAT STAFF


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Fontainebleau State Park --(67825 Highway 190, Mandeville, LA 70448; 985-624-4443 or 1-888-677-3668) is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. The park embraces 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Camping, a nature trail, group camps, a lodge, swimming, a playground, fishing and the ruins of a plantation sugar mill are a few of the reasons why visitors return to Fontainebleau year after year. To reserve a campsite, group camp, picnic pavilion or the lodge, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

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