Prior to the 20th century, the Basin was a vast swamp enclosed by the natural levees of Bayou Teche and the Mississippi River. The construction of the east and west protection levees isolated the former Atchafalaya swampland; the park site lies within this isolated swamp, bound on the east by the protection levee and on the west by the natural levee of the Teche.
The area surrounding the park was formerly the home site of the Chitimacha Indians. From the middle 1700's, the region was dominated by French and Acadian farmers and trappers, although the Spanish were in control of the land from 1763 until 1802. It was during this period that a major influx of Spaniards and Canary Islanders (called Isleños) emigrated to the New Iberia area, contributing to the cultural diversity of this section of Louisiana.
Agriculture was the major industry of the area, and in 1830, sugar cane became the dominant crop. After the Civil War, continual difficulties with flooding brought a decline to all farming, and the Basin region developed as a commercial hunting, fishing and lumbering center. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, at the edge of a beautiful water wilderness, is a perfect point from which to explore the natural and cultural heritage of South Louisiana. Combine your wilderness adventure with a tour of nearby historic areas such as the city of St. Martinville and Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. A stay at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park will be remembered as an introduction to the remarkable diversity of South Louisiana.
Recreation in the Heart of French Louisiana
Situated in the heart of a thriving French culture, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is adjacent to one of the great natural wonders of North America, the Atchafalaya Basin.
When writers describe Louisiana's rich natural resources, they have in mind places like Lake Fausse Pointe. This park truly has a great diversity of recreational activities, especially those related to water, and maintains a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere in the midst of rare outdoor beauty.
Fishing, boating and canoeing opportunities abound. A boat launch gives visitors easy access to the labyrinth of waterways that winds through the Basin. A visitor center complex features a boat dock with rentals, and a country store provides the extras for a delightful stay at the park.
A large group pavilion sits upon stilts over the edge of Old Bird Island Chute, and picnic areas for small groups to large family reunions are also available. A conference room with a fully outfitted commercial kitchen is perfect for business retreats and group activities. Quiet nature and canoe trails invite curious nature enthusiasts to explore the unique environment of the wetlands with the park naturalist on their own.
There are 50 units for camping in tents or trailers, each equipped with water and electricity. Primitive group and canoe campsites are also available. Eighteen waterfront vacation cabins featuring screened porches, air conditioning and piers are enormously popular throughout the year.
Recreation - Fishing, boating and canoeing, camping
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
located south of I-10, approximately 18 miles southeast of St. Martinville on the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee Road. To access the Levee Road from St. Martinville, take LA 96 to LA 679, then to LA 3083. Turn right onto Levee Road for 8 miles. To reserve a cabin, campsite, meeting room or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).