GRAND ISLE STATE PARK
GRAND ISLE STATE PARK
Admiral Craik Drive
Grand Isle, Louisiana 70358
Toll Free: 888-787-2559
Over 280 species of fish are known to make their home in the waters off the coast of Grand Isle. Brown pelicans--the state bird of Louisiana--dive into the water. Seagulls appear to float on the wind above the shore. Crabs nimbly scamper out of reach of the children chasing them with their nets.
This is Grand Isle State Park--a natural haven on the most popular barrier island off the coast of Louisiana. A beach ridge created by the action of the waves of the Gulf, Grand Isle serves as a breakwater between the Gulf and the network of inland channels that connect to the bayou tributaries of the Mississippi River. It is also the launching point for excellent deep-sea salt-water fishing adventures.
Every July, a Tarpon Rodeo attracts thousands of fishing competitors to these prolific waters offshore. Speckled trout can be caught by surf fishers year round, especially in the spring and summer. Redfish venture into the range of the surf fishermen in the fall and winter.
The warm Gulf waters are enjoyed by swimmers most of the year, and Grand Isle State Park offers an excellent location for splashing in the surf. At the Visitor Center, exhibits portray how man and nature have shaped the unique story of Grand Isle, and an observation tower gives a bird's-eye view of the coastline. Birding enthusiasts will also delight in the beauty of the lagoons and the Gulf shore. This unique environment attracts numerous species of birds and other wildlife, so bring your binoculars or a camera to enjoy the opportunity to view nature unspoiled.
So take a trip to the edge of Louisiana. Fishing, birding, swimming,crabbing, sunning, boating, or just relaxing--Grand Isle State Park gives you the best of Grand Isle.
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
49 Premium Campsites (all pull-through sites, all with water and electrical hookup; one is ADA compliant)
Canoes includes paddles, life jackets.
Paddle boats and surf bikes includes life jackets
to this park:
2-1/2 mile nature trail
Charter Boats --Deep-sea fishing from snapper to marlin, along with coastal and marsh fishing for speckled trout, redfish, croaker and drum, are a fisherman's idea of heaven. For more information consult local guide services.
Historic Town of Grand Isle(On the Gulf of Mexico at the end of LA 1)--Reputed to be one of the top ten fishing spots in the world, the community offers sandy beaches, crabbing, boating, swimming,surfing, birdwatching, a lighted fishing pier and great seafood.
"Old Fishin' Bridge" (Grand Isle)--This public fishing bridge is great for trout, redfish, croaker and crabbing.
Fourchon Beach(West of LA 1 on LA 3090)--Enjoy camping and surf fishing along 4 miles of public beach with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Lafourche/Terrebonne Scenic Byway(Follows historic LA 1, US 90 and LA 24)--Linking the historic Cajun cultural areas of Houma and Thibodaux, with their sugar cane and fishing industries, historic LA 1 leads visitors down through numerous fishing communities to Grand Isle .
Wisner Wildlife Management Area(10 miles South of Leeville)--Accessible onlyby boat, this 21,621-acre area offers excellent fishing,crabbing, shrimping,birding and boating.
Fort LivingstonThe ruins of this historic fort, located on Grand Terre Island across Barataria Pass from Grand Isle,are visible from Grand Isle State Park.
Grand Isle State Park (P.O. Box 741, Grand Isle, LA 70358; 985-787-2559 or 1-888-787-2559) is located on the east end of Grand Isle, off LA 1 on Admiral Craig Drive. It is approximately two hours south of New Orleans. The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Grand Isle State Park offers excellent opportunities for fishing, crabbing, sunning, camping and nature watching. To reserve a campsite, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).