Grand Isle State Park
|Grand Isle State Park|
A view of the Gulf of Mexico on Grand Isle State Park
|Location||Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States|
|Area||140 acres (0.57 km2; 0.22 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism|
|Grand Isle State Park|
The park has been seriously affected in the past by Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. However, much of Grand Isle State Park has been renovated. Beach restoration in the area is ongoing. At one time, the park's fishing pier was especially popular, but it was destroyed in 2005 and has yet to be rebuilt. <--date? An observation tower provides fine views of the surrounding coastal scenery. Visitors come to 160-acre (0.65 km2) Grand Isle State Park to beachcomb, birdwatch, boat, camp, crab, fish, and sunbathe.
Grand Isle State Park enjoys a long and lively history of supernatural occurrence and was recently named "America's Most Haunted Beach" by Skeptic magazine. Local lore involving pirates Jean and Pierre Lafitte as well as the wider legend of the Rougarou weigh heavily on the subconscious of any who dare to camp on these violent and hallowed grounds.
On May 22, 2010, the beach was closed due to oil contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On May 3, 2011, a portion of the beach reopened. On June 26, 2011, volunteers, organized by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, planted 1,600 black mangrove trees along the coast to prevent erosion.
- Grand Isle, Louisiana, town which shares the island with the state park
- List of Louisiana state parks
- "Grand Isle State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Frois, Jeanne; Calhoun, Milburn (2006-05-31). Louisiana Almanac: 2006-2007 (17 ed.). Pelican Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-58980-306-0.
- "Make a Weekend Stop to Grand Isle State Park". Houma, Louisiana: Gumbo Entertainment Guide. July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
Nestled in the northeastern portion of the only inhabited barrier island in the state, Louisiana purchased the 150-acre park in 1968.
- "Facebook–Grand Isle State Park". Office of State Parks, Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
The park was purchased in 1968 by the State.
- "BP May Attempt to Plug Oil Leak With Mud Next Week (Update2)".
- "Portion of Grand Isle State Park Beach Reopens" (PDF) (Press release). Office of State Parks. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- Rodriguez, Maya (2011-06-27). "Volunteers help renew Grand Isle Park". Lafourche Parish, Louisiana: The Daily Comet. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
- Grand Isle State Park, including a map - La. Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism