Fontainebleau State Park

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Fountainebleau State Park
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A live oak tree covered with Spanish moss at the park.
Map showing the location of Fountainebleau State Park
Map showing the location of Fountainebleau State Park
Map of Louisiana, United States of America
Location St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates 30°20′43″N 90°01′22″W / 30.34523°N 90.02269°W / 30.34523; -90.02269Coordinates: 30°20′43″N 90°01′22″W / 30.34523°N 90.02269°W / 30.34523; -90.02269[1]
Area 2,800 acres (11 km2; 4.4 sq mi)[1]
Established 1942 (1942)[2]
Governing body Louisiana Office of State Parks
http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFontaine.aspx

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.[3] The park has a strong history of hosting Boy and Girl Scout activities[3] The park has a multitude of habitats for birds.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Overnight features[edit]

  • Twelve cabins, six are handicapped accessible including two that are ADA Compliant.
  • 163 RV and tenting campsites, many with water and electric and available RV dump stations.
  • Comfort Stations with showers.
  • Playground
  • Three group camps and a lodge.

Day use facilities[edit]

  • A 4.8-mile (7.7 km) hiking trail.
  • A 1.2-mile (1.9 km) nature trail. The nature trail includes a boardwalk into the marsh.
  • Picnic area and playground.
  • Pavilion.
  • Beach, fishing pond, and fishing pier.
  • Visitor center with museum displays, interpretive programs, and gift shop.

References[edit]

  • Pamphlets issued by the Louisiana State Parks
  • Trail maps handed out by the park staff
  1. ^ a b "Fontainebleau State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Louisiana Department Of Culture Recreation And Tourism. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Nixon Adams. "Northshore Conifer - It Is What It Was". Northshore Conifer. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b c 2009 Wall Calendar - 75 Years of Celebrating Louisiana's Treasures and Making Memories. Louisiana State Parks. 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Louisiana State Parks webpage for Fontainebleau