Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582|
337-229-4764 or 888-677-7200 toll free
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.
Directions: To access the Levee Road from St. Martinville, take LA 96 to LA 679, then to LA 3083. Turn right onto Levee Road for 8 miles. There are two routes to Lake Fausse Pointe SP from I-10: (1) take Exit 115 to Henderson, heading south on LA 352; the park will be about 19 miles down the road, on the right; or (2) take Exit 121 to Butte LaRose, following LA 3177 to Butte LaRose, then turning west into LA 193 (Herman Dubuis Road, then south onto the levee road, LA 352. The park will be about 16 miles down the road, on the right. Please note that on the second route there is a pontoon bridge, just before the levee, that has a height restriction of 9.5 feet. GPS Coordinates: N 30.06470; W 91.60758.
Hours of Operation: Gates are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. April-September, entrance station is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
Entrance Fees: $1 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park occupies a 6,000-acre site which was once part of the Atchafalaya Basin. The area surrounding the park was formerly the home site of the Chitimacha Indians. From the middle 1700s, the region was dominated by French and Acadian farmers and trappers, although the Spanish were in control of the land from 1763 until 1802. It was during this period that a major influx of Spaniards and Canary Islanders (called Isleños) emigrated to the New Iberia area, contributing to the cultural diversity of this section of Louisiana.
Fishing, boating and canoeing opportunities abound. A boat launch gives visitors easy access to the labyrinth of waterways that winds through the Basin. Overnight visitors can "rough it" in the campground or stay in lake-front cabins. A visitor center complex features a boat dock with rentals, and a nature center provides fun programs and activities as a way to learn about the surrounding environment. Three hiking trails and a canoe trail offer a "up close" view of the area plant and wildlife, as well.
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, at the edge of a beautiful water wilderness, is also a perfect point from which to explore the natural and cultural heritage of South Louisiana. Combine your wilderness adventure with a tour of nearby historic areas such as the city of St. Martinville and Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. A stay at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park will be remembered as an introduction to the remarkable diversity of South Louisiana.
|Deluxe Cabins||16 available, 3 are ADA compliant||$120/night, Oct-Mar; $150/night on Fridays & Saturdays, Apr-Sept, sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper|
|Meeting Room||$200/day||Capacity is 75 people for Conference set-up and 125 people for Theatre set-up|
|33 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)||$16/night, Oct-Mar; $20/night, Apr-Sept|
|17 Premium Campsites (all prime location campsites, with water and electrical hookup)||$18/night, Oct-Mar; $26/night, Apr-Sept|
|Unimproved Campsites (no hookups), 5 sites available||$12 per person/night|
|Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 50)||$1 per person/night|
America the Beautiful Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Visit www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm for more information)|
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).
Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)
|Boats||$15 per day||includes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets|
|Canoes||$5 per hour or|
$20 per day
|includes paddles, life jackets|
|Kayaks||$5 per hour or|
$30 per day
|includes paddles, life jackets|
Trails at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park:
Cypremort Point State Park (24 miles south of Jeanerette, off LA 319) - This 185-acre park offers access to the Gulf of Mexico. A man-made beach offers fishing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports. Picnic pavilions, tables, a bathhouse, and fishing pier, sailboat ramp and boat ramp adjacent to the park offer easy access to the water. Large populations and varieties of birds and animals attract nature enthusiasts.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site (LA Hwy. 31, St. Martinville) - Situated on the banks of Bayou Teche, this 157-acre park interprets the history of the French-speaking peoples of Louisiana. The park features Maison Olivier, built circa 1815, and an Acadian farmstead and house. The visitor may see livestock, crops, kitchen and herb gardens, living history and interpretive programs, the Visitor Center, a picnic pavilion, and an outdoor classroom.
Historic Town of St. Martinville - The third oldest town in Louisiana. Here you'll find many buildings and homes with beautiful architecture, historic St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, and the Evangeline Oak made famous in Longfellow's poem of Evangeline.
Historic Town of New Iberia - Its historic district features plantation homes along Bayou Teche and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.
Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum (LA 90 in Kemper Williams Park, Patterson) - The Louisiana State Museum's collection centers around memorabilia from the lives of Louisiana aviators Jimmy Wedell and Harry Williams, along with artifacts and documents from the state's aviation history.
Plantations along Bayou Teche - The rich and colorful heritage of South Louisiana is kept alive in the stately plantation homes, churches and unique historic structures along Bayou Teche.