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Fontainebleau State Park

62883 Hwy. 1089

The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and indeed there is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852. The plantation income helped support his lavish lifestyle. He named his large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings.

The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the lake dotted with multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating. After a full day of activities, overnight guests can enjoy the rustic charm of the campground or the scenic setting of the lakefront cabins.

The park's nature trail is a favorite of nature lovers. Interpretive signs along the trail will help you identify many of the common trees and shrubs. Always be on the lookout for birds and other animals. Over 400 different species live in and around Fontainebleau. The Fontainebleau Birding Guide is a good resource for enthusiasts to identify the numerous species of birds found in the area. Bordered on three sides by water--Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine--and characterized by a convergence of diverse ecosystems, it has a multitude of habitats for birds.


Joel Cates

Monday, July 23, 2018
We loved it there. We try to hike everywhere we go. The trails are well maintained and info boards were well placed throughout the trails. Take plenty of water, we hiked the end of July but we always bring water for us and 1 extra just in case. We came across several critters and reptiles. There is a small beach and easy to find.

Ryan Cantrell

Thursday, July 19, 2018
We’ve had a great stay at this state park-maybe the nicest state park we’ve ever been to. The views are simply exceptional and it’s nice to ride your bikes throughout the park to the slides, the splash pad, the beach, etc. At night, hundreds of tree frogs come out of hiding and engulf the campground along with dear, raccoons and possum. On the downside, the “banana spiders“ also live in the park - we had 7 living in the trees, within 20 feet of our camper door.

Alli Mooney

Monday, June 25, 2018
LOVED this park! The oak trees are gorgeous, plenty of shady places, the trails are gravel-lined and easy to trek. No complaints about the beach & waterpark. We had a large group stay in a cabin & did not feel overcrowded at all. Spacious kitchen & bathroom. Screened-in porch that faces the water. There's a pier between every 2 cabins, so we spent a lot of time sunning, stargazing, and wading far out into the lake. The tide was low, so even though we brought kayaks it wasn't really possible to strap them to the pier or take them out on the water. The fishing was also not what we had hoped for. But to have a beach-condo experience for so cheap and so close to home---it was an amazing weekend.

Ryan & Chas

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Beautiful park. Easy access by taking the causeway from NOLA. Just dont take the causeway to go back because they charge ridiculous prices. Many of the RV sites flood very easily here. It's a very nice park, but pay close attention to the weather.

Joelle Bernard

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Big black hog came out the bushes toward us while we picnic at the beach. Very scary experience for my kid. Bacteria levels so high my kid caught a staph infection from a bug bite. Cant believe we paid money for that. Sprinkle park was nice!

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