5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Louisiana

5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Louisiana

Louisiana’s natural beauty is nearly unmatched by any other state in the union. With a diverse geological landscape and unique wildlife aplenty, it’s hard to go wrong with any campsite in Louisiana. Next time you’re planning a family trip, check out these five absolutely awesome campgrounds in Louisiana. 

1. Fairview-Riverside State Park

Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville, Louisiana, opens most days at six a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The campgrounds have restrooms and showers, as well as a dump station, group pavilion, laundry, and picnic area. Daily tours are offered, as well as foot accessible walking trails. Stop by the tennis courts for a game or simply enjoy the natural surroundings. The main attraction is the beautiful Tchefuncte River, a popular fishing destination that yields bass, bluegill, white perch, and more. Campsites include 22 premium campsites (known as “prime location sites” and come with water and electrical hookup), 59 improved campsites (water and electrical hookup included) and 20 unimproved campsites (with no electrical or water hookup). Rates change seasonally, so make sure to check the website before planning your vacation.  

2. North Toledo Bend State Park

The North Toledo Bend State Park in Zwolle, Louisiana, offers a prime view of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. Campers can book Deluxe Cabins for $150 a night on Sunday-Thursday and $175 a night Friday-Saturday, which sleeps up to six. Group camp sites are available, too, for $600 a night, but includes a dining hall and beds for up to 150 people. If you prefer regular camping to in-door cabin lounging, consider the eight premium campsites or 55 improved campsites. Nine-hundred acres of land begs to be explored, and water sports are popular on the reservoir itself.

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3. Fontainebleau State Park

Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana, was originally a sugar plantation, but has since been repurposed into a 2,800-acre park on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, offering prime camping opportunities. Four different kinds of camping are available, including 23 premium campsites (four with sewerage hookups), 103 improved campsites, 37 unimproved campsites, and two primitive group camping areas. Fees vary by campsite and accommodation. Visitors can enjoy a 4.8-mile hike or a 1.25-mile nature trail, as well as bird watching of over 100 different species. 

4. Grand Isle State Park

Enjoy the warm weather and beach at the Grand Isle State Park. The park, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is known for its rip currents, so make sure to prepare ahead of time and check the safety warnings. Unlike other campgrounds on this list, camping at Grand Isle State Park can be a sandy affair. Forty-nine premium campsites area available to rent, along with 14 beach tent campsites for those that can’t get enough of the water. For fun, check out the 2.5-mile nature trail, swim in the water, rent a boat, or go fishing.

5. Reunion Lake, Ponchatoula, LA

Reunion Lake in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, prides itself on setting a new standard for camping. Booking itself as a “Premier RV Resort,” Reunion Lake is not your typical campsite. Whereas the other inclusions on this list are public parks, Reunion Lake is a private, gated RV resort, complete with pools, restrooms, bath houses, bars, and regular events. Stop by the hot tub or spa or try your hand at the putt-putt golf course. Every RV spot has full hookups. Don’t have an RV? Consider booking a poolside cabana. Activities on the lake include kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and beach volleyball, along with much, much more.

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