Date of Stay: July, 2007
Have you ever heard the term, "You can't get there from here?" Well, that's how we felt. It's WAY off the beaten path. But once we got there, it was beautiful. It did rain for much of our two days there. But we did get to walk on the shortest (less than a mile) trail - saw two snakes, 3 armadillos, lots a really big and unusual spiders. We fished for a little while - again - didn't catch anything. BUT we saw two alligators - a little one and a really big one. We rode our bikes, and the kids spent about an hour in the great water playground. If you like the outdoors and lots of nature, this is really worth the ride. By the way, the nearest little store is over 10 miles away, so stock up before you go.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was our first visit at the Grand Isle State Park. The sites were level, paved and spacious. The two times I visited the restroom, it was dirty. There was sand all over the floor and in the showers. The showers only have cold water. I tried all four of them, and no hot water. The mosquitoes are terrible in the afternoon, at night and early morning. The sand dunes are really pretty with lots of plants and flowers. The sand on the beach however is filthy. We had to keep shoes on the whole time - on the beach and in the water - so we wouldn't get cut on glass, etc. I saw the grounds keeper go around large debris on the beach - what looked like a motor, and something really big and plastic. They were too heavy for him to lift of course, but he could have hooked a chain to the junk and hauled it away with the tractor. There are several nice covered picnic tables on the beach side of the dunes. The kids enjoyed finding LOTS of hermit crabs, and playing in the water where there are almost NO waves. My husband and I did a little surf fishing but didn't get anything we could keep. There were many other visitors who put out crab traps and caught some each day. We were really disappointed that the piers have still not been repaired since Katrina (almost 2 years ago). The pilings are still up. I believe the plans are to construct a concrete pier.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
An incredibly beautiful & well maintained LUXURY RV park. In fact, it was so nice I was afraid that our kids (5 & 7) would mess something up. Post Katrina, the coast is still a mess. This park is new since Katrina. I believe it was a trailer park before. The new owners have really put some money into this place. The whole place is beautifully landscaped - palm trees, azaleas, crepe myrtles, liriope. The pool is heated, although it was still a little bit cool for Easter week. The bathroom was cleaner than mine at home, and I pay someone to clean my bathrooms. The paint, tile & decor was beautiful. Only draw-back - they ask that dogs are walked in the doggie area - which is at the back of the park (not a far walk). It's low and mostly sand which is hard to get off of little paws. It would be great if part of it was fenced in to let my dog run around freely for a little while. This is NOT a campground - it is a LUXURY RV park. No tents, and I don't think they'd allow pop-ups. Our kids enjoyed the pool, and riding their bikes. Oh - and another kind of draw back. The place is SO well lit at night, that the light would wake us up and we actually thought it was morning. I would sit up & lift the window blinds to see if it was am or pm. But then again, this could be a "pro" for those wanting extra security. I've highly recommended this place to my in-laws & other adult RVers.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
Fall 2006 - We lived here for 2 months while renovating our home 12 miles away. The owners are very friendly & live on-site. They were building a new convenience store/office while we were there, and it was finished about the time we left. All gravel with some grass. There's a center road with sites on both sides. One side is on a bayou that leads to False River (actually an 11 mile long lake) which has great fishing and water sports (skiing). The bayou side has a wood deck/boardwalk. There's a boat launch that I think is free for campers, and a covered place to clean your fish. There are several long-timers, or maybe permanent residents on the bayou side. There are some living there because they're working in the area. When I walked my dog, I found lots of other doggie droppings (I pick up behind my dog), so I don't think they enforce the clean-up rule. Other than fishing from the deck, there's really nothing for kids to do. Too hard to ride a bike on gravel. But we weren't there for recreation, just to sleep. I don't remember the nightly rate. We paid $300 a month - included utilities and cable. I'm writing this several months after staying there. I think they have probably made more additions and improvements since then. I would recommend this place to others.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Summer 2006. We really like this park. This was our second visit. The sites are big and the large wooden decks are great. Mosquitoes are terrible - bring the spray, candles, etc. The park is really big and spread out, so you have to bike or drive to get anywhere (playground, water park, visitor center). From the visitor center, there are very nice wood decks that wind through the swamp giving you a nice walking tour without risk of being eaten by gators or other swamp creatures. There are nicely marked trails - winding around the Tickfaw River - even our 4 year old made it. The kids love riding their bikes around the park (with us of course). The water park is great, because I can sit & read while the kids play without worrying about them drowning. But I would love a pool to cool off in. I did get up a few times to stand under some water contraption to get wet & cool off. We will go back again.