State Parks Rebound in the Wake of Hurricane Laura
Sep 04 2020

State Parks Rebound in the Wake of Hurricane Laura

By: Melanie Hucklebridge

With much of Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Laura, Labor Day plans have been up in the air for many people. Big parties are a thing of the past, and since a large portion of the state is still without power, there is little to do in the heat of September. However, if you're looking for something more outdoorsy, several of the Louisiana State Parks are reopening in time for the Labor Day holiday. Most of the parks are still offering overnight accommodations, and the RV areas are available in all the open state parks. Considering that there was serious damage done to large portions of the state, there is no one to thank but the staff at these parks for putting in the effort to help reopen.

Six parks will remain closed until further notice, due to the serious damage that they underwent during the storm.

The idea of "Louisiana Strong" has been a driving statement for every hardship that the state faces, from flooding to the pandemic. This message has been even more important over the last few days, with the destruction of Laura still in many people's backyards. In an interview, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser stated, "If ever there was a time for us to gather with our families and show the world that we are Louisiana Strong, this is it." His statement is especially applicable, since, in March, our numbers of COVID-19 cases rivaled those of states like California and New York, with New Orleans and Lake Charles taking the heaviest hits of infection, and we have struggled to flatten the curve. The message of a strong community supporting each other has always been a silver lining of the disasters that we face as a state, and there are plenty of resources to help struggling areas that have been affected.

Louisiana State Parks Now Open

  • Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego
  • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
  • Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop
  • Fairview State Park, Madisonville
  • Fontainebleu State Park, Mandeville
  • Lake Bruin State Park, St. Joseph
  • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi
  • St. Bernard State Park, Braithewaite
  • Tickfaw State Park, Springfield

Parks Reopening on September 4 for Labor Day Weekend

  • Cypremort State Park, Cypremort
  • Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
  • Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline
  • Lake Claiborne State Park, Homer
  • Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville
  • Jimmie Davis State Park, Chatham

Parks Remaining Closed Until Further Notice

  • Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
  • Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
  • Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville
  • North Toledo Bend, Zwolle
  • South Toledo Bend, Anacoco
  • Sam Houston State Park, Lake Charles, LA

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