Fontainebleau State Park is located in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, on the outskirts of the town of Mandeville, LA. It is located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The park is 2,800 acres (1,100 ha) in size and was once the site of a sugar plantation and a brick yard operated by Bernard de Marigny. The park has a strong history of hosting Boy and Girl Scout activities The park has a multitude of habitats for birds.
The visitor center highlights the history of the land which was once owned by the wealthy Bernard De Marigny. Marigny operated a sugar mill that was built in 1829. The wealthy Marigny named his large holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, France. Fontainebleau State Park is surrounded on three sides by water, Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane, and Bayou Castine. The park was originally named Tchefuncte State Park and Conservation Reservation, after the Tchefuncte River.