Fontainebleau State Park is a state park located in the U.S. state of Louisiana, between the towns of St. Francisville and Caneytown. The park was named after its most prominent feature, Lake Fausse Pointe or “False Point”, which resembles a bleu-colored hill with a flat top area that looks like a ship’s bow jutting out of the water. It lies across Highway 26 at the entrance to the city of St. Francisville. The park has an area of 1,400 acres (567ha). In addition to False Point, the park includes two lakes, Grand Isle and Calcasieu Island; the Vermilion River; Bayou Bartholomew, one of the main branches of the Mississippi River; and numerous cypress trees.
The land for the park was acquired from private owners in 1971. Construction on the lake and visitor facilities began soon afterward, but it wasn’t until October 17, 1978 that Fontainebleau State Park officially opened. On April 30, 2010, the campground closed indefinitely due to budget cuts and reopened May 25, 2011 with a new camping policy that allows campsites to be reserved up to 11 months in advance. A second round of budget cuts led to another closure June 3, 2012. As of February 28, 2013, there are no plans to reopen the campground.
Visitors can still enjoy over 200 miles (320km) of trails through the forest, visit the historic sites, hike to the scenic overlooks, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Seasonal hunting is permitted during certain times of the year. There is also a boat launch into the Vermilion River. Visitors needing transportation to and from the airport can utilize the park’s courtesy car service, available seven days per week. Other amenities include cabins, campsites, inn, restaurant, gift shop, laundry center, pool, tennis courts, and picnicking facilities.
Visitors can enjoy:
- paddle boating
- visiting the lodge