Lake Bruin Water Trail

Lake Bruin State Park

Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

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Lake Bruin Water Trail


  • Early morning on the water and the lake looks gorgeous!- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • One of the more scenic boat ramps you'll see. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Great scenery from the launch at the Lake Bruin Water Trail.- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • All docked up ready to go. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Preparing to head out on the water. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • The cypress trees line most of the eastern shore of the state park. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Navigating between the grasses and trees keeps the paddling interesting. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Spanish moss adorns the trees along this route.- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Lake Bruin from the water trail.- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Turtles enjoying the afternoon heat. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Peaceful paddling on Lake Bruin.- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Enjoying the setting sun from Lake Bruin.- Lake Bruin Water Trail
  • Stunning sunset over Lake Bruin. - Lake Bruin Water Trail
Overview + Weather
Cypress trees and Spanish moss. Clear water.
Mosquitos. Dangerous reptiles.
Mississippi River Delta, LA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Site characteristics: Water: 
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall, Summer
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
31.961505, -91.201704
Shuttle required: 
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
31.961505, -91.201704
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Typically multi-day: 
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
65.00 °F (18.33 °C)
Current Local Weather:
Paddle Description

Paddle Description


Lake Bruin State Park is home to the beautiful 3,000-acre Lake Bruin, which has some of the clearest water in Louisiana. This state park does an excellent job catering to visitors who have come to get on the water and explore the lake. There are two different docks, a boat shed, and a boat ramp that make getting on and off of the water a breeze. If you’re camping at the state park campground with the intention of getting on the water with a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, try to camp at campsite 5, 6, 7, 13, 15, or 16 and you’ll be able to access the water directly from your campsite. Boats with motors will need to use the boat ramp found just at the edge of the campground. 

The Paddle Trail at Lake Bruin begins by heading south of the boat ramp. Staying close to shore keeps you near the iconic cypress trees and away from the wakes of motorized boats. For a little over a mile you’ll follow the shoreline south until you reach the end of the lake. You’ll know when you’ve reached the southern tip of the lake because the southern shoreline is developed with residential neighborhoods. Follow the eastern shoreline back up the lake to where you began. Be cautious if you’re in a stand-up paddleboard or kayak as alligators and large cottonmouth snakes call this lake their home. 

Beyond paddling on the lake there is much to enjoy at Lake Bruin State Park. The lake is a popular spot for largemouth bass fishing if you prefer to just stay on the water after paddling. The water playground is a fun way for the kids to cool off in the hotter months. Adults can kick back at one of the picnic tables and enjoy some food cooked on the grill.

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