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Old 01-13-2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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GREAT campgrounds in Louisiana

Hi all.

WE're planning a trip, and I'm looking for some outstanding campgrounds/camping spots/things to see/great places to eat in Louisiana. Even though we live just next door in Texas, I've only been there a few times, and none since we have had the trailer.

Thanks in advance, Jill

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Old 01-13-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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Ther is a RV campground right next to the French Quarter in New Orleans. Kind of barren but it is close to the action.

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South of New Orleans is where its really happening.
Try Grand Isle for camping.
For food, Houma, Raceland, Thibodaux.
Look for hand painted signs and lots of welding trucks.

May as well get your cajun food from New York City if you eat in Nawlins
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by klattu
South of New Orleans is where its really happening.
Try Grand Isle for camping.
For food, Houma, Raceland, Thibodaux.
Look for hand painted signs and lots of welding trucks.

May as well get your cajun food from New York City if you eat in Nawlins
I am from New Orleans, my mother was a Vidrine from Ville Platte and I have eaten cajun food my entire life. Klattu is not completely correct as New Orleans has some great Cajun food and some not so great Cajun food, it is all in knowing where to go. I have never stayed at the camp ground on the edge of the quarter but I can tell you I spoke to at least 2 attendees at the Can Opener who have stayed there and had high praise for it, they felt secure and were treated great, I was surprised.

Bayou Segenett State Park is on the Westbank of the Mississippi and about 20 minutes for the middle of the French Quarter. Several other state parks are in the area.
CRT - Louisiana State Parks Fees, Facilities and Activities

The link below is to Tom Fitzmorris's site who has the only drive time 5 day a week food show in the nation. The link will give you honest review of all the restaurants in the New Orleans area. Not all restaurants are Cajun food, many are other types of cuisine. Price range is from cheap to the top of the scale. I recommend Commanders Palace if you enjoy fine dinning and the best service available. If you look on the left of the page and scroll down a bit you will see an index which lists restaurants by cuisine. Klattu is correct you can find restaurants which will serve you dish water gumbo so study the reviews and recommendations closely.
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Tom has his call in number listed you can alway call him on air and he will give you a list of restaurants while you wait.

Good luck and good eating.
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We love to camp in Lousiania too. I posted a photo of a campground in Ruston at the Lincoln Parish Park. It is beautiful and Ruston is a very nice town.

We also love Fairview Riverside State Park. It is north of Lake Ponchatrain and is close to all of the things to see and do around New Orleans. We are on the road now and will be at the park on the 29th for a week. There are a million great places to eat around there too.

Have a good time and maybe we will see you around the bayou.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:53 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by klattu
South of New Orleans is where its really happening.

May as well get your cajun food from New York City if you eat in Nawlins
Mais, klattu, that's because you ain't never ate at my house, right in the middle of New Orleans. but seriously, the terms "cajun" and "creole" are so often mis-used as to be legend. Most New Orleans food is "creole" not cajun, and I'd be surprised if Tom Fitzmorris' site didn't explain the difference.

and while there is some good camping, hunting, fishing SOUTH of New Orleans, a lot of action can also be had on the Cajun prairie of SOUTHWEST Louisiana between Beaumont TX and oh, maybe Breaux Bridge, LA. You may find Chicot State Park (north of Lafayette) to your liking, also Lake Valentine (outside Alexandria) was a very nice campground that I frequented in my college days quite a bit. If you can find a copy of the "Guide to Cajun Country" by Fry & Posner it will provide you with a wealth of cool places to see and things to do like the Sat. a.m. jam sessions at both Fred's Lounge in Mamou AND Savoy Music Center in Eunice, or the world best crawfish at Hawk's outside Church Point, or real live zydeco brunch at Cafe' Des Amis in Breaux Bridge etc etc etc....

and you can find some wonderful camping at the state parks in north LA like Lake Bisteneau and Lake Claiborne. hiking, biking, fishing, etc.

Although the climate does not agree with me I can't imaging actually living anywhere else....but Sout' Loozyana, chere..
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:48 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by fotochop
or real live zydeco brunch at Cafe' Des Amis in Breaux Bridge etc etc etc....

We've enjoyed going to Lake Fausse Point State Park south of Breaux Bridge in the Atchafalaya Basin. It's in the heart of Cajun country (it must be a different country, it has it's own language ). There's some excellent food in Breaux Bridge.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:02 PM   #8
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NOLA campground

I stayed at NOLA Campground for the entire '07 Jazzfest. It was brand new and very save - locked gate. The French Quarter is a short 5-10 minute ride away.

See New Orleans Campground, Big Rig friendly RV Campground ,rv park ,Greater New Orleans la Region, close to French Quarter,Masur Museum Art,Mardi Gras,free cable and wifi,new clean facilities

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:26 PM   #9
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We Have Recently Stayed At Lake Fausse Point Sp In St Martinville, Lake Bruin Sp In St Joseph, And Are Making Our First Trip Back To Fontainbleau Sp In Mandeville Since Katrina. We Spent 2 Weeks Between North Toledo Bend Sp And South Toledo Bend Sp This Past Summer. We Loved South Toledo Bend Sp, Much Better Than North. It Is A Newer Park. We State Park Alot, Because My Husband Is Disabled And Had An America The Beautiful Access Pass, Which Entitles Us To Camp Half-price At The La State Parks.
Fontainbleau Was Our Favorite Pre-katrina. We Have Visited Several Times, To Check On The Progress, But Haven't Stayed. We Always Stayed On The "new" Side, Which Was The Hardest Hit. Apparently They Have Re-opened It This Week, Because We Have A Site For Next Week. It Is Camping, But You Are Close To Most Anything You Need, And The Causeway Bridge Is Very Close If You Want To Go To No,la.
Lake Fausse Point Is Beautiful, But Feels Like You Will Never Get There, It Is So Far Out! Cell Phones Do Not Work There. Just Have The Mosquito Repellant Very Handy! It Had Rained Alot Before We Got There, And There Was Water Standing Everywhere.
You Are In A Swamp.... Remember That You Are Amongst Friendly People...the Neighbors Needed To Borrow Some Mustard The Day We Got There, And That Night Repaid It With A Platter Of Boiled Crawfish!!!! They Had Boiled 4 Sacks That Night.
We Just Got Back From Lake Bruin, And We Loved It. We Had A Site On The Water, Right Next To The Fishing Pier. It Was Very Beautiful. While There, We Rode Up To Poverty Point Sp In Delhi, And It Was Nice. Not Much In The Way Of Shade, Though. It Is A New Park. Just Beware Of The Brown Bears...there Are Signs Everywhere.
We Haven't Been To Tickfaw Sp In Years, We Never Seem To Be Able To Get A Reservation.
We Also Like Lake Lincoln Sp In Wesson Mississippi, Little Black Creek In Lumberton, Ms, And Flint Creek In Wiggins, Ms. Flint Creek Had Alot Of Damage From Katrina Also, They Lost Alot Of Trees.
Hope This Helps You Find New Places, And Revisit Old Ones!
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #10
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It looks like this thread hasn't been updated in a while, just checking to see if there are any updates. We are looking for a campground in Louisiana towards the end of February. We need to work during the week, but are looking for a campground that has Verizon service, but could be (preferred) a state park - something with a place for hikes and kayaking in our off time. I'll look at some of the campgrounds mentioned in this thread, but any other or more current suggestions gratefully welcomed!
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:40 AM   #11
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If you're going to be near NOLA, I recommend Bayou Segnette State Park. As a previous poster said, it's only about 20 minutes from The French Quarter. We've been there twice, and love it. They offer water an electric, WiFi, free use of the laundry, all for $18 per night. At least that was the price a year ago when we were there on New Years Eve. The Verizon (3G aircard and phone) service was excellent also. The WiFi was a bit slow at peak times.

While we were there, we explored the small towns, parks, and wildlife areas just south of NOLA. It was a good location for us.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:17 AM   #12
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Where in the state are you going to be working? Nice campgrounds in both the north, central and south. I can speak more for the Texas side around Telodo Bend area and northern part East of Shreveport/Minden area.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:31 AM   #13
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We've got a hidden gem in north Louisiana called Lincoln Parish park. It's five minutes north of the interstate in Ruston, La. There's around thirty sites, all full hook ups for $20/night. There's a lake/pond for kayaking and fishing. The swim beach is open Memorial Day to Labor Day and there's a nationally ranked mountain bike trail.

It's nothing too special, just a little parish (county) campground, but its quiet and peaceful. We camp there frequently on weekends, we live here, and regularly hear things like "I never knew this was here, why haven't I been here before" and we just smile. It's a great for a layover spot or just a quiet weekend.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:18 AM   #14
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Several years ago we tried to do a caravan/rally through Louisiana but couldn't garner enough interest to pull it off.

There is a lot of information and pictures on this thread, which I will try to paste here. If it doesn't work, you can use the thread search tool for Louisiana Road Trip Caravan and Rally.

A beautiful state. Have a great time!


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