What to do in Lake Bruin State Park

For Fun In, On, or Near the Water...

There are over 3,000 acres of water surface on Lake Bruin, and the visitors to Lake Bruin State Park have access to every acre for incomparable fishing, superb water sports and fine outdoor living. But mere acreage statistics could never do justice to this beautiful, clear oxbow lake that was once part of the Mississippi River or its majestic cypress trees that have stood here since DeSoto explored the river.

In the Beginning

The 53-acre site was originally established in 1928 as a fish hatchery. The system of levees which contained the fish can still be seen today from our elevated roadways that wind through the park. On July 10, 1956, legislation was signed authorizing the development of the park. Initially called Lake Bruin Wayside Park, the name was later changed to Lake Bruin State Park.

The park is water-oriented and is widely known for excellent fishing, boating, and waterskiing. The old cypress trees in the lake and beautiful sunsets over the water are special bonuses for park visitors.

The Fish Are Biting

Three large fishing piers, a year-round boat launch, and a boat shed for docking make things convenient for the casual or serious fisherman. Rental boats are available. Largemouth bass fishing is popular all year round, but the best months are April, May, June, September and October. Crappie (white perch) are taken around the piers and mats in the early spring. Bluegill fishing is best in the shallower waters at both ends of the lake.

For An Enjoyable Day . . .

Water sports, pleasure boating and swimming are also popular activities at Lake Bruin. A special area along the lake with a sandy beach is set aside for swimming. A bathhouse is located nearby. Lake Bruin's day use area offers picnic tables and barbeque grills situated near the lake and adjacent to two of the fishing piers, restrooms and playground areas. A covered pavilion allows park visitors to enjoy their meals whatever the weather. Most facilities are wheelchair accessible.

. . . Or Overnight

For the park visitor who wants to stay a while, a camping area along the lake offers 25 improved campsites, all with water, electricity, picnic table, fire ring and wheelchair accessible bathhouses. For those who like to "rough it," a primitive camping area is also available. Tent campers and trailer campers will both find Lake Bruin's facilities second to none, so your stay will be an enjoyable one. With beautiful Lake Bruin as its backdrop, Lake Bruin State Park is sure to please all outdoor enthusiasts.

Recreation
Fishing, Camping, boating, swimming, picnicking,

Location
located in northeast Louisiana, in Tensas Parish. From I-20, take US 65 south. From US 65, take LA 128 east to LA 606 north, then to LA 604. To reserve a campsite or the picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

Climate
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.

Address
201 State Park Road
St. Joseph, LA 71366

Phone: 318-766-3530 or 1-888-677-2784

Email: lakebruin@crt.state.la.us
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