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Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle

#6 of 20 in Nature in Louisiana
Island Nature / Park
Grand Isle State Park, lies at the eastern end of Grand Isle, a barrier island in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA. Grand Isle is the only inhabited barrier island in the state.The park has been seriously affected in the past by Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. However, much of Grand Isle State Park has been renovated. Beach restoration in the area is ongoing. At one time, the park's fishing pier was especially popular, but it was destroyed in 2005 and has yet to be rebuilt. <--date? An observation tower provides fine views of the surrounding coastal scenery. Visitors come to 160acre Grand Isle State Park to beachcomb, birdwatch, boat, camp, crab, fish, and sunbathe.On May 22, 2010, the beach was closed due to oil contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On May 3, 2011, a portion of the beach reopened. On June 26, 2011, volunteers, organized by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, planted 1,600 black mangrove trees along the coast to prevent erosion.
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  • Besides the rather vague (non existent) check-in procedures after hours and the lack of courtesy from the aged park attendant (perhaps she was expecting people whose arrival times are only 0800-1700) ...  more »
  • You can camp with your tent right on the beach during certain times of the year. You will want to bring a wagon or something to help you pack it all from the parking area to the beach. The park closes...  more »
  • Grand Isle State Park is located at the very end of Grand Isle in southern Louisiana on the Gulf Coast. The park itself is relatively small compared to other shoreline state parks I have visited. Ther...  more »
  • This was a great park. I visited off-season. I stayed three days on the beach and it was beautiful. The people who worked at the park were friendly. The woman at the main entrance warned me about the mosquitoes before entering. Thank goodness she did so I could be prepared. The view at night was almost too much for this city girl. The wind and the sound of the waves were captivating. I plan on visiting again. I am from Buffalo, Illinois. P.s. The beach house with bathrooms and showers were immaculate!
  • We went to the park on a day trip. Make sure to go to the furthest pavilion and not the one for campers. The campers pavilion has exclusive bathrooms and fewer tables to eat. Otherwise the terrain was nice. Not sure if you can swim here usually but there was a caution against swimming when we were there.
  • Worst beach I have ever been to. Litter and seaweed everywhere. The weird thing is that even with all that, it is also crowded for some reason. Definitely not even worth 3 dollars to get in the park... It may have also been bad timing, because the was a bacteria advisory suggesting not to swim (not that I want to swim in trash anyway...), and the hiking trail appeared to be flooded. A nice waste of $3 and 30 mins... Oh well, at least the drive here was cool scenery.
  • We just happen to come here to check it out for a day or two and ended up staying a week. What a great place. We loved the nice big sites, nice clean and well kept grounds. Close to the ocean with nice walk out pier and observation tower. Then to top it all off they offer free laundry machines for guest to use. We will definitely be back.
  • This place used to be great, it has gone downhill in recent years. The beach isn't as clean as it used to be and restroom facilities work , but water pressure is low and showers are falling apart. Price of admission has increased.