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Dave Trips: Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 07:00:07-04

Out near the Atchafalaya Basin, straddling the Iberia and St. Martin Parish line, is Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. When you head east toward the levee, the road leads you to one of Louisiana's premier state facilities. Crossing the bridge toward the Gatehouse, you may be greeted with wildlife as you pay your fee.

The park is pretty quiet during the summer, but the sights and sounds of campers and the smells of cooks will fill the park as the weather turns cooler.

The park, which was once the home of the Chitimacha Indians, was cut off from the Atchafalaya Basin once the levee was built. But the waters of the lake are still fed by Bayou Benoit and Lake Dauterive.

There are three hiking trails that will allow you some close and personal views of wildlife and forestry. For an even better experience, rent a canoe and explore the waterways.

While there are some closures due to the pandemic, there's still a lot to do while you're there. If you choose to go for the day, have a family picnic or for a real experience, check out some of the primitive camping. There are always clean restrooms nearby.

If roughing it isn't your style, there are lakefront cabins to enjoy. You can even do some fishing right from the deck! It's a great place to unplug as cell service was spotty at best. Lake Fausse Pointe is a unique Louisiana experience. Day use is open every day, and camping spots can be reserved at www.ReserveLaStateParks.com