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Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
(3.6/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We stayed two nights in this state park. It is very well maintained: the bathrooms are clean and in good condition. The staff is friendly and helpful. This island is both beautiful and highly polluted by oil industries. In addition, this island is tiny and the activities consist in walking on foot on the beach and fishing. The sea is full of fish, dolphins, jellyfish... Ideal for a short break of 24 hours!
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  • This is the end of route 1, the park offers some great views of the Gulf and bay. They have several observation decks, and a great observation tower. When we were there, at the top of the tower there ...  more »
  • Grand Isle State Park marks the end of the road south of New Orleans. It was a very pretty ride along the canal all the way to the park. The young man at the admissions booth was very accommodating, a...  more »
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  • The star is for the view only We arrived and once we got our camp set up we went to go swim but we saw red and purple flags We had to Google what they meant Purple meant possible danger of marine wildlife. The site said sharks and jellyfish, and to use caution when swimming. It also said 2 purple flags meant swimming was closed. Since it was only one flag I checked the water to see if I saw any sharks or jellyfish. It looked ok to I got in ankle deep water. I got stung by a stingray and spent then next 2 hours at the fire department being treated for the sting. No signs or anything warning of stingrays. The EMT told me if you shuffle you feet the stingrays swim away and won't bother you. The park gave us no warnings or advice. The EMT also told us there is a chance of a flesh eating bacteria in the water. The park gave us no warnings about this either. The beach is gorgeous but what good is a beach when you can't get in the water. We went in to town to find things to do but everything was closed. Not that there was much there anyway. A few bars and restaurants but that's it. Plan your trip elsewhere!!!!
  • Grand Isle was such a pleasant surprise for us. We love primitive camping and were looking for a nice spot under 2 hours from New Orleans. When I stumbled on Grand Isle through my google searches, I was a little wary considering that most of my experiences with the Gulf of Mexico were not very pleasant. (The beaches on the Mississippi gulf coast have always seemed a little gross to me and always covered in litter.) But we decided to give it a try anyway and I'm so glad we did. There are 14 primitive sites that come with a fire ring and a picnic table. The state park employees obviously spend a lot of time keeping the beach clean and free of litter. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful on Grand Isle. My favorite part about camping there is how alone you feel. We want to get away from the city and be by ourselves when we camp, so it was really nice to feel like the entire beach was ours. I hate to even write this review because I don't want it to become popular and get crowded ha but it's not fair to not share :) we love GISP and will be back often for sure!
  • We had such a great time @ Grand Isle State Park!! We spent 5 days over this past Memorial Day weekend and wished we could have stayed longer. Bath houses are immaculate as far as cleanliness, and the ac felt wonderful!! Awesome group of people that work within the park and met some great campers. We camped in a tent, lot #3, not along the beach, and had no issues. The mosquito's are a given, since this park does have lagoons and marshy areas. Just be prepared to bring plenty of repellent and you will be fine. Plus, the park does spray right before night fall. Looking forward to our stay next year!!!
  • Super clean--a rarity in the south and almost non-existant in Louisiana. Fantastic RV parking. Would gladly endure the terrible drive in again just to stay at this hidden gem!
  • It has been a few years since I been to Grand Isle state park , I use to every time I got a chance . but not anymore because it now all about the RVers . I use to love to go camping on the beach Would drive my pick up to the camp site and set up and enjoy myself for days . Now I see there's only 14 tent sites and you have to walk to the tent site ! That's kind of hard to do with when packing tent , .bedding , ice chest , food and fishing gear . It seems that they forgot about the little people ( those of us that stay in tents and started it all ) and now it's all about these monstrositys that they call RVS . That's not camping .. camping is a tent !! So I guess this was my last time to go to Grand Isle state park . I hope all the other true campers agree with me . Camping is a tent not bringing your home with you on wheels