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Grand Isle State Park

Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

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  • Grand Isle State Park is located at the end of a barrier island near the end of the Mississippi River along the gulf coast.- Grand Isle State Park
  • The park features include a fishing pier with an observation tower over the sea.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Beaches have barrier jetties to calm the water for swimmers and tables in the sandy dunes.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Informational signs are posted throughout the park, offering a bit of history about early explorers and the geography of the area.- Grand Isle State Park
  • A crabbing and fishing pier sits in a pond that has a hiking trail around its perimeter.- Grand Isle State Park
  • On the Grand Isle fishing pier. - Grand Isle State Park
  • The pond attracts wildlife and is a great place to see some of the species of birds who migrate through or call Grand Isle home, such as this heron.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Pelicans sit on the crabbing pier.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Informational kiosks line the tables and concessions area of the observation tower.- Grand Isle State Park
  • A view of the pier crossing the marshlands from the observation tower.- Grand Isle State Park
  • A heron in the pond.- Grand Isle State Park
  • View of the observation tower.- Grand Isle State Park
  • The park offers tent camping on the beach near its campground.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Forty-nine RV sites are available in the park's campground.- Grand Isle State Park
  • A wooden bridge along the nature trail offers views of wildlife in the pond.- Grand Isle State Park
  • Pelicans atop the wooden bridge on the nature trail.- Grand Isle State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Variety of activities. Near a quirky vacation town.
Cons: 
Area can have wind and rip currents.
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Region:
Mississippi River Delta, LA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Grand Isle State Park sits on a barrier island in the Gulf Coast near the Mississippi River Delta. Grand Isle is the only inhabited barrier island in the state, and the eccentric destination community has markets and nightlife. The state park offers camping, swimming in warm coastal waters calmed by barrier jetties, and has fishing and hiking opportunities for visitors.

At about a two-hour drive from New Orleans, Grand Isle State Park feels a world away from the city. With its coastal breeze, abundant fishing and birding, and open air environment on a spit of land bound by water on either side, the relatively small park makes for a relaxing destination.

An observation tower and fishing pier stand over the eastern end of the park, and the 2.5-mile Fiddlers Loop Nature Trail circles the perimeter of a pair of ponds where birds gather. Crabbing from a dock is also a popular pastime.

The park offers camping in an area that is walking distance from other park features. The adjacent town of Grand Isle holds numerous events throughout the year, and the park campground can become busy during these times. Entrance fees are $3 per person. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). For complete park rules and information, visit the park website or call 985.787.2559. All cars driving to Grand Isle are subject to a small toll on one of the Highway LA-1 bridges.

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