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Oct 22, 2010 5:46 PM

New Palmetto Island State Park Fills Up Fast


BATON ROUGE - The opening of Palmetto Island State Park has been extremely well-received, based on the number of reservations made within the first 24 hours of the overnight facilities becoming available through Reserve America. Bookings for the park opened 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20, and by the following morning, 276 reservations had been made for cabins and campsites. All campsites and cabins for the opening weekend of Oct. 28 will be completely filled.

"Palmetto Island State Park is one of the jewels in the crown of Acadiana," said Lt. Governor Scott A. Angelle. "I am excited to see the enthusiasm surrounding Palmetto's grand opening and I look forward to spending time there with my family. But, in addition to being an outstanding leisure opportunity for the people of Louisiana, Palmetto Island State Park will be an asset that brings more Americans who are in search of active outdoor recreational opportunities to our great state - our Sportman's Paradise."

The Office of State Parks, in collaboration with Louisiana's Office of the Lt. Governor and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, has established the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and is soliciting private donations to keep the park operational. More information on the Fund can be found at www.cfacadiana.org.

"The response to the opening of Palmetto Island State Park has been overwhelming," added Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. "We are confident that the popularity of the park will increase the likelihood of further funding for operations of Palmetto Island State Park."

Palmetto Island State Park is host to 6 cabins and 96 RV camping sites for overnight visitors. The park also features a visitor center, conference room and picnic pavilions for guests to enjoy. Daytime and overnight guests have access to all of these amenities along with a boat launch into the VermilionRiver, fishing piers, a state of the art water playground and a .75 mile nature trail.

Reservations for overnight accommodations can be made through the Call Center at 1-877-226-7652 or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com, for stays beginning the night of October 28.

Palmetto Island State Park is located off LA Hwy. 82 in Vermilion Parish, approximately 7 miles south of Abbeville. The 1,299-acre site offers a mixture of swamps and the plentiful foliage for which the site is named. For more information about Palmetto Island State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com, call 877-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally.

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