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Bayou Segnette State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iLkbruin.aspx

There are over 3,000 acres of water surface on lake bruin, and the visitors to lake bruin state park have access to every acre for incomparable freshwater fishing, superb water sports and fine outdoor living. the 53-acre site was originally established in 1928 as a fish hatchery.

Bogue Chitto State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iboguechitto.aspx

At bogue chitto state park, visitors will experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in louisiana. the 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, upland forests and a rolling landscape.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakeclai.aspx

Take your pick: swimming, fishing, birding, boating of all kinds, waterskiing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying unsurpassed natural beauty. it's all here . . . at lake claiborne state park. for fishermen, the freshwater lake was lavishly stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, striped bass, chain pickerel, bream, and white perch. the lake itself, at full reservoir level, has a surface area of 6,400 acres.

Chicot State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/icheminah.aspx

Chemin-a-haut state park is situated on a high bluff overlooking bayou bartholomew and is a natural paradise for lovers of unspoiled beauty. this 503-acre site takes its name from the french word meaning "high road," which was the route used by native americans many years ago in their seasonal migrations.

Cypremort Point State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakedarb.aspx

Piney forests, rolling hills, five fishing piers, and a beautiful lake draw visitors to this quiet, majestic state park. designed to keep the focus on nature, park facilities blend with the natural landscape to enhance the outdoor experience of this 655-acre park.

Fairview-Riverside State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ichicot.aspx

The park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in south central louisiana. the cool, clear waters of lake chicot have yielded record freshwater catches of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. fishermen will enjoy the convenient boathouse, three boat launches and boat rental facilities.

Fontainebleau State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakefaus.aspx

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 isleņos) emigrated to the new iberia area, contributing to the cultural diversity of this section of louisiana.

Grand Isle State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iCyprempt.aspx

Between grand isle and cameron, cypremort point is the only locality near the gulf of mexico that can be reached by car. a half-mile stretch of a man-made beach provides a delightful area for relaxing, picnicking and enjoying the water. it also affords an opportunity for fishing, crabbing, water skiing, windsurfing and, of course, sailing.

Hodges Gardens State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/intoledo.aspx

Located on toledo bend reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, north toledo bend state park provides a venue for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant environment. and for land-based activities, more than 900 acres are available for camping, picnicking, hiking, and relaxing in the heart of nature.

Jimmie Davis State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFairview.aspx

The cool, crystal-clear waters of the Tchefuncte River yield bass, bluegill, white perch, and bream near the park area, and channel catfish, speckled trout and redfish where the river meets the lake. Freshwater fishing from the river bank or a boat offers unmatched delights for even the most casual fisherman. Crabbing in the lake

Lake Bistineau State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ipalmetto.aspx

Located on the vermilion river, palmetto island state park offers a real south louisiana outdoors experience. a boat launch provides access to the river for fishing and boating, while the interior lagoons allow canoers and kayakers an up-close look at the native plant and animal life.

Lake Bruin State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFontaine.aspx

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.

Lake Claiborne State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ireservoir.aspx

The 2,700-acre, man-made lake that is the center piece for poverty point reservoir state park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of watersport activities and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl migration each spring and fall.

Lake D'Arbonne State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakedarb.aspx

Piney forests, rolling hills, five fishing piers, and a beautiful lake draw visitors to this quiet, majestic state park. designed to keep the focus on nature, park facilities blend with the natural landscape to enhance the outdoor experience of this 655-acre park.

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/igrdisle.aspx

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.

North Toledo Bend State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iStbernrd.aspx

St. bernard state park is the ideal spot for visitors who are seeking a family atmosphere and natural experience, as well as for campers who don't want to or cannot stray far from civilization. many campers consider combining a camping vacation with a touring vacation of the new orleans area. the chalmette national historic park, jackson barracks, and other historic sites and plantation homes are also nearby.

Palmetto Island State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ihodges.aspx

Over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, hodges gardens state park, located in sabine parish, is a unique member of the state parks system. originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman a.j. hodges sr., the site's gardens consist of a variety of plants and flowers, from a formal rose garden to bushes that colorful southern standard, the azalea.

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iShjones.aspx

Originally named for the texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of louisiana, sam houston jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 37th governor, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy for both day-use and overnight visitors.

Sam Houston Jones State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/istb.aspx

Pleasantly located on several small bluffs that extend over and into the toledo bend reservoir, south toledo bend reservoir state park offers a scenic, waterfront view from many vantage points. while the reservoir is nationally recognized as a destination for bass fishing tournaments, visitors to the park can also enjoy other outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, birding, camping and enjoying the many forms of wildlife in the area.

South Toledo Bend State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakebist.aspx

Situated on the western shore of lake bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its open waters, and its enchanting stands of cypress and tupelo trees, the park offers two boat launches, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, two swimming pools, camping, cabins and excellent fishing!

St. Bernard State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ijimmiedavis.aspx

Located on a peninsula on caney lake, jimmie davis state park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to the sportsmen looking for a prime freshwater fishing spot. waterskiing is another way to enjoy the clear waters of the lake, which was created by damming caney creek in 1986. don't forget to look back at the lakeshore to appreciate the beautiful mixed pine and hardwood forest surrounding the lake and the birds and animals that make the forest their home.

Tickfaw State Park

http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/itickfaw.aspx

Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through tickfaw state park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the tickfaw river.

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