Description - The park is a meeting point of two types of wetlands--swamp and marsh. What was once swampland has been changed to marsh by the creation of canals. Saltwater intrusion coming into the canals from the Gulf of Mexico created the marsh and has yielded a remarkable habitat for plant and animal life. Alligators, nutria, armadillos, opossum, raccoon, mink, red-tailed hawks, Mississippi kites, red-winged blackbirds, bald eagles, and cardinals are some of the many species that you may happen upon at Bayou Segnette. So keep your eyes open and discover the reason why so many people remain fascinated with the Louisiana wetlands.
Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all ages--boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and, of course, swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees and wildlife from both swamps and marshland.
We invite you to explore the state park and all it has to offer throughout the year. With each season, you will see how the natural world changes around you. Bayou Segnette State Park welcomes you again and again.
- After you have splashed the day away in Bayou Segnette's popular wave pool or skipped across any one of the adjacent waterways by boat, you will be glad you took the time to sit back and watch nature at play--for the wildlife is abundant and the vegetation worth closer study.
Both salt and freshwater fishing are available because of the park's unique location. From the boat launch, you may explore many areas not readily accessible by overland routes. Catches of bass, catfish, bream, perch, redfish and trout are common in the area.
On land, picnic areas are available for the whole family, and the playgrounds will delight the children. Group shelters are a perfect spot for large groups to gather, and the park's group camp provides another option for big gatherings.
Perhaps you would prefer to escape quietly into the heart of the marsh, skimming through the waterways by canoe and enjoying a taste of nature that you might think exists only in the most remote parts of the state. At the end of the day, from the water or from its edge, take the time to witness an unforgettable sunset at Bayou Segnette.
By Night . . .
The overnight accommodations available to you at Bayou Segnette State Park include 98 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups and a nearby comfort station, tent camping, twenty waterfront vacation cabins (click here for cabin layout) with air conditioning, heating, piers and screened porches, and a group camp that can sleep 120 people
The overnight area features an added bonus--its own swimming pool--so visitors who may have traveled to Bayou Segnette for a relaxing getaway can recline among the moss-draped cypress trees and escape the excitement of the wave pool.
We also invite business meetings and group retreats to use the park’s meeting room which can accommodate 60 to 100 people, depending on room set-up requirements.
Recreation - fishing,boating,picknicking,camping, wildlife viewing
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.
There are three primary routes to reach the park. (1) From I-10, take I-310 south. Cross the Luling Bridge over the Mississippi River, and exit US 90 east (toward New Orleans). US 90 becomes the Westbank Expressway. As you enter Westwego, look to your right. (2) Alternatively, from I-10 (in Metairie), take the Clearviw exit south. Follow Clearview all the way to the Huey P.Long Bridge and cross the Mississippi River. Travel to the Westbank Expressway (Business US 90). Again, look to your right off the expressway. (3)Or, from New Orleans, follow I-10 to cross the Greater New Orleans Bridge. Take the first exit onto Business US 90, which is the Westbank Expressway. Follow the expressway for several miles; the park will be on your left.
To reserve a cabin, group camp, meeting room or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).