St. Bernard State Park

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St. Bernard State Park
Park entrance at Poydras, Louisiana
Map showing the location of St. Bernard State Park
Map showing the location of St. Bernard State Park
Map of Louisiana, United States of America
LocationSt. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States
Nearest cityBraithwaite or Poydras
Coordinates29°51′41″N 89°54′03″W / 29.86139°N 89.90083°W / 29.86139; -89.90083Coordinates: 29°51′41″N 89°54′03″W / 29.86139°N 89.90083°W / 29.86139; -89.90083[1]
Area358 acres (1.45 km2; 0.559 sq mi)[2]
Governing bodyLouisiana Office of State Parks
Official website

St. Bernard State Park is a state park located in the American state of Louisiana, on a tract of land in St. Bernard Parish, between the towns of Poydras and Caernarvon. Though located only approximately eighteen miles southeast of New Orleans, attendance had been fledgling at the park for years, ranking among the least visited in the state.


The St. Bernard State Park was created in 1971 when the land that the park sits on was donated to the state by local businessman and former State Senator Lynn Dean and his wife Jackie.[1] The park operated for 34 years as the only state park in the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish area until it was severely damaged by storm surge from the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. The park (along with Fort Pike State Historic Site) remained closed for more than a year due to the severe damage but is now in full operation for camping, birdwatching and day use.


St. Bernard State Park includes the following facilities as compared to that which is available at certain other Louisiana state parks as well as a waterpark and playground for children:

Boating Cabins Dump Stations Group Tents Improved Campsites Lodges Picnic Areas Playgrounds Restrooms Swimming Tent Campsites Trails Unimproved Campsites
No No Yes No Yes; 51 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes; nature trail No


St. Bernard State Park suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The park was re-opened with a ceremony Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 4 p.m. with ceremonies by then Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, local dignitaries, local choirs, followed by hayride tours of the site, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

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  1. ^ a b c "St. Bernard State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  2. ^ Sternberg, Mary Ann. The Pelican Guide to Louisiana (2 ed.). Pelican Publishing Company Inc. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-88289-901-5.

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