Louisiana’s Lake Fausse Pointe State Park lets you experience the wilderness of America’s great Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. This southern Louisiana state park has cabins or campsites on the water where fishing and even alligators are only steps away.
You are surrounded by the swamp in this 6,000 acre state park. You can launch a fishing boat and explore the bayous and lakes of the Atchafalaya region. Or you can enjoy a quiet paddle in a canoe or kayak. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park has several miles of blacktop, gravel or boardwalk trails that let you walk through the cypress forest for a closeup view of swamp plants and wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera, especially if you enjoy nature and bird photography.
explore nature at lake fausse pointe
Trees provide shade along the park’s nature trails. This is the type of path that rewards you for taking your time and pausing to listen for the sounds of birds in the trees, or animals rustling through the underbrush. An elevated boardwalk keeps you above the water and provides easy access through this cypress swamp.
The state park offers easy access to freshwater fishing in the canals, bayous and nearby lakes. You can rent a canoe and paddle the park’s seven mile canoe trail. The park’s cabins and campsites also provide convenient docks for tying up fishing boats. And if you want to rough it, you can take a boat to one of several primitive campsites.
video tour of trails and waterways
ancient cypress trees of lake fausse Pointe
A ten-minute car ride south of the state park, or a short boat ride will take you to the shoreline of Lake Fausse Pointe. Here you will find one of the hidden treasures of Louisiana, a grove of ancient cypress trees along the shoreline of the lake. Hundreds of these cypress giants survived the lumber operations of the early 20th century that wiped out nearly all of Louisiana’s virgin cypress trees. Many of these moss-covered trees are more than a thousand years old.
TV feature on ancient cypress trees
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is located southeast of St. Martinville, Louisiana along the Atchafalaya Basin Levee Road. Address: 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville, LA. Phone: 337-229-4764.