Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
Wife and I consider this a hidden gem! We had to be at our RV Dealer less than 10 miles from this park so we decided to stay over night instead of a 100 mile drive first thing in the morning. We were worried about interstate noise, while outside you do hear it but inside our trailer with the AC running we could not hear a thing. As stated in previous reviews the road and sites are gravel and do get dusty but once you are in your spot it is not bad at all. I would say 90% of the sites are backed up the trees and have some shade and ample parking. We were directly across from the bath house on site 39. The bathhouse was extremely clean well maintained and well decorated. Our puppies LOVED the dog park, which was also very clean as all owners were picking up after their pets. Not many amenities in the park to speak of that we noticed. We did come to the conclusion if we every go on a vacation in the Lafayette area this will be the park we stay at. Centrally located, close to stores and restaurants, easy on and off I-10.
WiFi did work well to check email and surf. AT&T and Verizon have full signals. We camped at Pioneer Acadian Village Campground and RV Park (Closed) in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
$28 a night plus the silly $6 reservation fee LA state parks charge.
Bring a lawn mower with you doesn't look like the grass has been cut in the camp ground for over a month!
Got a pull through site close to the comfort station. Site space was ample and was easy to get in and out. Looking at most pull through sites in the "new campground" the pedestal is on the wrong side, our electric reached no problem had to make a Walmart run for another 25' hose.
Sites 73, 74(pull through), 75 and 76 are the only ones with sewer connections.
Restrooms very clean camp host was doing a good job keeping them stocked. Showers looked nice and clean but we choose to use ours.
Trash cans through out the camp ground had flies all around them could stand to be cleaned and sprayed a little better.
Day use area fills up with locals enjoying the lake / beach but they do stay out of the camp ground.
Some of the camp sites are turning into gravel as the asphalt has aged and shifted they are just filling in with gravel. If maintenance is not performed the entire camp ground will be gravel in the next few years.
I would have given this park 5 stars had it not been for the flies and the grass.
I was able to connect to the WiFi and get an IP address but could not surf. Verizon signal is excellent here since you are basically in the city so we used our hot spot. We camped at Fontainebleau State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Everything is close by! If you are looking for a desert after dinner I recommend Bop's Frozen Custard it is less than 4 miles west of the park entrance on 190.
Date of Stay:
July, 2015 -
Rate above does not include the silly $6 reservation fee. You also can not move or transfer sites until AFTER you have checked in.
We stayed in the south camp ground and had sites 2 through 4. The entire south campground is more geared for tents as the water / electric connections are either really far back or on the wrong side. We managed to get our travel trailer on site 3 with no problems and we had tents on 2 and 4. The restroom by the dump stations at south campground was in need of repairs, as the floor stayed wet. It also didn't help some local kids decided to discharge a fire extinguisher in the restroom. The other two restrooms in the south campground had showers. Wife said the women's showers were in stalls. The men's were both group showers which we said no thanks. Overall, the entire south campground is very un-level and backing into some sites would be a challenge. When we went to leave there are two dump stations at the south campground, for some reason everyone insisted on stopping at the first one and not pulling up to the second one, this caused a long traffic back out just to get out of the camp ground.
We did go and check out the north camp ground, it is geared all to RV's. Some of those sites are VERY close together there were 4 we saw that were completely unusable due to being in disrepair. There were two more dump stations in the north camp ground as well. We did not visit the restrooms/showers to inspect them but we heard they are much nicer.
Bring A LOT of mosquito repellent we have never had this many bug bits after a weekend of camping. Camp hosts were friendly and nice and the park has a lot to offer. Warning the pool is closed due to state budget issues but the water play ground is open. We camped at Chicot State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Walmart is only a 15 min drive away in Ville Platte.
Date of Stay:
May, 2015 -
Memorial day weekend 2015 visiting friends in Lake Charles so we stayed here for the weekend. Reservations through Reserve America were easy when we arrived check in was easy. Camp ground another story, signage in park is poorly marked and in need of upgrades. Other campers chose to ignore the single one way sign and the obvious fact that trailers can only back in ONE WAY, this was on going the entire 3 days as no one would keep it a one way road. I had to wait for a guy pulling a pop up trailer to back in the wrong way before I could make the loop back around as there was NO possible way to back into my site. I was luck while not listed as a pull through I was able to drive through the grass and pull through. The roads in camping loop 1 are VERY narrow and poorly maintained. The gravel parking area might have been gravel once it is now more grass/weeds/dirt. The threaded connection for both the sewer connections on the site were both broken so the hose just sat there. Breaker on the pedestal tripped 4 times while we were there only running the AC. Rented another site for our friends as a walk up while we were there, we had our card on it and were waiting for another camper that had parked on it to move. Finally asked them to move turns out it was rented to them as well! No refund given even though they booked it twice. As a work around park ranger allowed them to put their tent on our site.
Bath hose - WOW a poorly maintained portable building. There is an adjacent slab that looks like it was once the bath house that was demolished.
WiFi did work and was great for checking email that was about it. Had a full Verizon 4G signal so opted to use my hot spot to stream a movie.
Trash cans none in site, camp host picked up trash Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise you have to take trash to dumpster at boat ramp or camp ground 2. The park itself is very nice just the physical camping areas need upgrades. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
April, 2015 -
Very old but nice park. Had reservation arrived at 11pm after office closed checked in next morning. Only sites 1, 14 and 15 have sewer and are $2 more per night. Dump station is by site #1 and at a strange angle. Only 16 RV sites total. First night only 8 taken including us, second night 7 one camper we never saw. As mentioned in previous reviews no Wifi and Verizon signal extremely weak. This normally would not be an issue as being disconnected was nice! Except the thunderstorm at 3am that was rocking camper, advise having a weather radio with you as we had to idea if it was severe or not.
Water appears to be well water and has a slight tint but no odor and the pressure seemed low but used my water regulator anyway.
Restrooms are old but clean, previous review said disgusting to which I have to disagree. The latex paint on the walls in the showers has peeled off but is only cosmetic everything is functional and clean. No AC in restrooms but windows open and there is heat for winter campers. Laundry area only one washer and dryer but there are connections for three of each. We did not utilize the laundry facility but I could hear the dryer running from my camp site.
I was unaware of the cafe and snack bar we packed plenty of food so had to need to venture over there. We camped at Leroy Percy State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Greenville 20 miles away.
Date of Stay:
March, 2015 -
Most important you have to make Reservations at www.reserveamerica.com or walk up for beach sites.
Going to a Volkswagen car show in nearby Biloxi and opted to camp which worked out great as others from the show were camping as well and we got to see their cars again! We made reservations well in advance, and arrived after the office closed. We called ahead and they told us that would not be a problem. Upon arrival the gates were open and there was a sign on the window stating if you had one of the camp sites listed to proceed to your site and get your pass in the morning. Park is really nice and 99% new since it was destroyed by Katrina. Site was right next to the bath house but noise levels were minimum. I was worried about the gates being open all night and saw people coming and going, this is nothing to be worried about as it was all fellow campers. Park rangers drive the camp ground 24 hours a day which made it feel really safe.All sites in the campground have full hook ups. The beach sites which again are available by walk up only just have water and electric but there is a dump station by the camp ground entrance.
Backing into the site my wife said seemed to be a challenge because it was dark(all sites are back in). I backed in no problem but couldn't get the trailer exactly how I wanted it. Pedestal connections for water/electric/sewer were each less then 10' away.
Another welcoming thing was to see how active and friendly everyone was. People out walking, riding bikes and generally enjoying the park.
If you are in the campground and want to go to the beach you have about a 5 minute walk. The day use area is separate from the camp ground but was closed during our entire stay. I was going to ask why but forgot to. For the price and what you get this park is a good value on the gulf coast. We camped at Buccaneer State Park in a Travel Trailer.
If you are coming from Louisiana, once you are on US 90 DO NOT follow GPS. It will tell you to take Lower Bay Rd to Clermont Rd. The rail road crossing on Clermont Rd is steep going up and down. The back of my trailer hit the ground when I was crossing. Continue east on US 90 and turn on Waveland Ave (at the Circle K) and follow it to the water. This seems to be faster and the grade on the rail road crossing is not as steep.
There is literally nothing around the park but you have a 10 minute drive to Walmart in Waveland if you need supplies. Silver Slipper Casino is about 4 miles down the street and you can see it from the gates, looking forward to their hotel being built as this might add a 24 hour eating option right by the park if you don't want to camp.
Date of Stay:
February, 2015 -
Just got our new RV on the same day we stayed here. Originally headed out for another park but decided to stay close to home. After spending the day closing on the trailer, getting home from the dealership, and buying supplies we were tired and it was dark already. Arrived at the park and asked if they had any open sites which she said there was only one. Once in the camp ground area there were several sites that were booked with no one on them.
Backing in our 26' RV for the first time in the dark was interesting. Camp was rather quiet as expected and enjoyable. We only had a 25' drinking water hose for the trailer and had to hit up Walmart to get another hose so it would reach. The hook ups are rather far back from the pad on all sites after looking at them all the next day.
We had new sheets and towels we had not washed yet so we utilized the laundromat in the camp ground. $1 each to wash and dry machines were old but did an impressive job. We camped at Tickfaw State Park in a Travel Trailer.