Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all ages--boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and, of course, swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees and wildlife from both swamps and marshland.
Both salt and freshwater fishing are available because of the park's unique location. From the boat launch, you may explore many areas not readily accessible by overland routes. Catches of bass, catfish, bream, perch, redfish and trout are common in the area.
On land, picnic areas are available for the whole family, and the playgrounds will delight the children. Group shelters are a perfect spot for large groups to gather, and the park's group camp provides another option for big gatherings.
After you have splashed the day away in Bayou Segnette's popular wave pool or skipped across any one of the adjacent waterways by boat, you will be glad you took the time to sit back and watch nature at play--for the wildlife is abundant and the vegetation worth closer study.
Fishing, swimming (wave pool)
St. Bernard State Park (18 miles southeast of New Orleans at Poydras) - Located on the Mississippi River, just minutes from New Orleans, the park features 51 improved campsites, a covered pavilion with grill, picnic tables, playground, swimming pool and nature trail in a tranquil and quiet setting.
Fort Pike State Historic Site (adjacent to Old Spanish Trail/US 90, approximately 23 miles east of downtown New Orleans) - This historic masonry fort was completed in 1827 to defend New Orleans. Stroll through arched casemates and stand overlooking the Rigolets as sentries once did, enjoy living history programs, visit the museum or picnic at the pavilion.
Fairview Riverside State Park (12 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22) - Nestled among magnificent live oaks on the edge of the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.
Fontainebleau State Park (South of I-12 and southeast of Mandeville on US 190) - Located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the park offers 130 improved campsites, 180 unimproved campsites, nature trails, three group camps, a lodge, a swimming pool and beach, a playground and the ruins of a plantation brickyard and sugar mill situated among an alley of towering oaks.
Louisiana State Museum (French Quarter, New Orleans) - One of New Orleans' top ten attractions, the State Museum is comprised of the Cabildo, PresbytÃ©re, 1850 House and Old U.S. Mint.
Barataria Preserve-Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve (7400 LA 45, Marrero) - Explore 20,000 acres of forest, swamp, and marsh on eight miles of boardwalk, hard-surfaced trails, or over 20 miles of waterways managed by the National Park Service. A Visitor Center with exhibits is located on site.
New Orleans and the Historic French Quarter - Visit downtown New Orleans, museums, casinos, Aquarium of the Americas, the Riverwalk, or take a cruise on the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Road Plantations (Off LA 48 and 44 east of the Mississippi River and LA 18 on the west side) - Travel the River Road Scenic Byway and discover the charms of the antebellum South by visiting many restored plantation homes, creole cottages, centuries-old cemeteries and ferry boats located along the Great River Road on both sides of the Mississippi River north of New Orleans.
Chalmette Battlefield-Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve (8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette) - This is the site of the Battle of New Orleans, an American victory over the British in the War of 1812. Visitors may also tour Beauregard House and Chalmette National Cemetery.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (20 minutes northeast of downtown New Orleans off I-10 east) - You can fish, hike, bike or canoe the wildest part of New Orleans in these scenic wetlands. There are free tours every weekend in this prime birding area.
IsleÃ±o Cultural Center (Violet) - The museum depicts the history of the IsleÃ±os, descendents of Spaniards from the Canary Islands, now living in St. Bernard.
Nearby New Orleans
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.
$18 per night (call for cabins)
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Reviews of Bayou Segnette State Park
Reviewed by Gia Scott on May 7, 2014
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The park was heavily damaged during Katrina, so it doesn't have the cabins it used to have. The park is practically IN the city of Westwego, which makes it a convenient base camp for visiting the Greater New Orleans region. Fire ants were a serious problem, even in winter. Overall, if you want to stay in the park for your activities, you'll soon find yourself pulling out a book--there isn't that much to do. It does make a great base for doing things elsewhere though.
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Reviewed by Mongoose on June 26, 2009
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We camped here when we lived in Westwego (west bank) for a short time. Camp is nice, has some good shaded spots and great facilities. The wave pool was awesome! Fishing is great and the rangers were very nice and very helpful. Not much else to do besides relax or go visit the west bank and New Orleans. Ferry across the Mississippi River from Algiers to Canal Street in New Orleans was awesome! Rode it quite a few times!
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