Grand Isle State Park is the first preference of many Family Campers. It is located approximately 110 miles from New Orleans or 174 miles from Lafayette, Louisiana. This campground has accommodations for fifty-five families, that include R.V. Camping and Family Tent Camping. It is located on the Gulf coast and has many amenities that make it seem like you are still at home. There is even a private swimming area of the Park.
This has always been one of my favorite campgrounds because of the number of activities that are available. There is salt water fishing, crabbing, and even shrimping when the season is open (of course the proper licenses can be obtained nearby). Open campfires to cook the day’s catch, and the peace and tranquility after the day is done. The sound of the sea rolling in, is the best sedatives for sleep for myself. Looking at the sunrise over the open water and hearing the sounds of the seabirds is a sight to behold, on a family camping trip.
One of the other benefits is the trip over the marshland in route to Grand Isle. A toll bridge extends from Leeville, Louisiana to Port Fouchon, Louisiana is approximately seven miles long and I have seen some of the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets on this drive. Fisherman and people crabbing on the sides of the road a common sight on the trip.
As a first time Camping Trip, this would probably be enjoyed by the whole family.
Now let’s consider camping in a fresh water location. There are numerous areas around the state that offer Family Camping, but one of my favorites is the South Toledo Bend State Park, LA. Although there are only five tent sites, they are on one of the bluffs overlooking the water. They offer one of the most spectacular views, I have seen in the early morning.
There are, a total of eighty campsites available in this park. They range from nineteen deluxe cabins, forty-one improved campsites, fourteen premium campsites and five un-improved campsites. The usual amenities are also provided.
The Toledo Bend Reservoir was begun in the early 1960’s by the states of Texas and Louisiana primarily for the purposes of water supply, hydroelectric power generation and recreation. The water normally covers an area of approximately two hundred thousand acres and has abundant Largemouth bass, Crappie, Catfish and White & Striped bass. Texas State Records indicate that a 15.81 pound Hybrid Striped Bass and a 33.22 pound Striped Bass are a couple of the records for Toledo Bend.
As I stated before this one of my favorite places for a family expedition, especially if I can get one of the tent sites on the bluff.
No matter which is you and your family preference, take the family camping and create some Family Lore and Memories. Until next time Happy Trails.