Fontainebleau State Park

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Fontainebleau State Park

Louisiana

(985) 624-4443

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Overview

Located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park offers hundreds of campsites, a lodge, a swimming pool and beach, a playground and the ruins of a plantation brickyard and sugar mill situated among an alley of towering oaks. On clear days, the lake is dotted with multi-colored sailboats, and the sandy beach is full of sunbathers. The Tammany Trace trail offers a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating.

The park is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

Map of Fontainebleau (LA)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.338965, -90.040067

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, a popular destination for sailboaters.

  • Bird Watching

    Bordered on three sides by water--Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine--and characterized by a convergence of diverse ecosystems, the park has a multitude of habitats for birds. The Fontainebleau Birding Guide is a good resource for enthusiasts to identify the numerous species found in the area.

  • Bicycling

    The park's Tammany Trace trail is a wonderful route for cycling.

  • Camping

    The park has 23 Premium Campsites which feature 19 pull-through sites and four campsites with sewerage hookups. All campsites are equipped with water and electrical hookups. There are also 103 Improved Campsites equipped with water and electrical hookup, and 37 Unimproved Campsites with no hookups. Two sites offer a primitive group camping area for scouts, organized groups or individuals.

  • Fishing

    Fairview-Riverside State Park (2 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22) - Nestled among magnificent live oaks and situated on the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this gem of a state park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.

  • Hiking

    Fontainebleau State Park has a 4.8-mile hiking trail and a 1-1/4 mile nature trail. 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. Exhibits along the nature trail help visitors identify many of the common trees and shrubs.

  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is a popular activity.

  • Water Sports

    The sandy beach is a delight for sunbathers. The park also has a swimming pool.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Be on the lookout for birds and other animals. Over 400 different species live in and around Fontainebleau.

Directions

Driving

Directions: From I-12, take US 190 (exit 63-A) south toward Mandeville. Continue east on US 190; the park is approximately 4 miles east of the city.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(985) 624-4443

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