Lake Bruin State Park
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Introduction

Lovely Lake Bruin State Park touts over 3,000 acres of water surface on Lake Bruin. This highly accessible lake offers guests to the park exceptional recreational opportunities. Guests to the park will find three fishing piers available for their use. The park also provides a boat launch and boat shed to make docking convenient. The lake offers exceptional fishing and recreation opportunities. Rental boats are available for those who wish to fish from the lake or to enjoy an afternoon on the water. Largemouth bass fishing is popular all year round. However, guests will have the best luck bass fishing in the months of April, May, June, September and October. Guests often catch crappie around the piers and mats in the early spring. Guests will find bluegill fishing is best in the shallower waters near the ends of the lake.
Visitors to Lake Bruin State Park will also enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the sandy beach maintained by the park. Guests will appreciate the fact that the park maintains a bathhouse and picnicking area near the sandy beach. This makes it easy to enjoy the lake throughout the day. Use the easily located barbecue grills to grill up lunch while enjoying water activities. Youngsters will also enjoy the play areas located nearby. The clear oxbow lake that calls Lake Bruin State Park home was once part of the Mississippi River. Wonder at the majestic cypress trees that have stood here since early Spanish exploration the river.

The park is located less than a mile from the Mississippi River in scenic east-central Louisiana. Those with an interest in overnight lodging can choose from 36 improved campsites with water and electrical hookup, and 12 premium sites in prime locations with pull-through convenience.

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Transportation in Lake Bruin State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

201 State Park Road
St. Joseph, LA 71366

From I-20, take US 65 south. From US 65, take LA 128 east to LA 606 north, then to LA 604. Guests traveling from St. Joseph will take LA 604 N for approximately four miles. Turn left to stay on LA 604 when the road transitions into LA 606. LA 604 will take you along the east side of Lake Bruin. You will take a left turn onto State Park Rd. If you reach Botany Bay Lane on the left, you have gone too far.

Parking

Guests to Lake Bruin State Park will find parking available near the playground, near the swimming beach, and near the picnic pavilion.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Lake Bruin State Park

Campsites in Lake Bruin State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Bruin State Park

Guests to lovely Lake Bruin State Park will enjoy the clear water and outdoor activities awaiting them at this unique cypress lined destination. For those interested in extending their adventure into the night, there are a few camping options. The park maintains a camping area along the lake with 48 improved campsites. These campsites all offer water, electricity hookups, a picnic table, a splash pad, and a fire ring. The sites accommodate varying sizes of RV’s. However, the largest site can accommodate an RV up to 84-feet in length. Some sites require backing in, so guests should be mindful of their backing skills when making reservations. Guests will find wheelchair accessible bathhouses nearby. For guests who like to "rough it," a primitive camping area is also available

Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. The park requires a two night minimum stay on weekends and a three night minimum stay on weekdays.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lake Bruin State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Make sure you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen before heading out to Lake Bruin State Park. The park maintains a sandy-beach area along the lake just for swimming in the hot Louisiana summer. Guests will find a bathhouse located nearby. You may want to pack a picnic as well or pick up some grilling supplies and make a day of it. The park has picnic tables and barbecue grills situated near the lake making it easy to lounge around the lake for the day. The park even maintains a pavilion where you can seek shelter if the weather turns bad. If you have fishermen in your group, you will be happy to hear that there are fishing piers nearby.

Fishing

Lake Bruin State Park maintains three large fishing piers. Guests will find that largemouth bass are a popular catch all year round. However, they are more easily caught in spring and fall when the water is a bit cool. Guests often pull crappie from the lake near the piers in early spring. Bluegill are often caught in the shallow waters near the ends of the lake. For those who like to fish from a boat the park maintains a year-round boat launch and a boat shed for docking. Guests can rent boats in the park as well.

Tensas National Wildlife Refuge

Guests to Lake Bruin State Park with an interest in wildlife will find the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1980, a must see. This refuge covers 57,000-acres of bottomland forest. It offers guests a unique opportunity to hunt, fish, hike, and view native wildlife. The refuge also offers interpreted trails and staff provide educational programs. Guests to the refuge will want to visit the Visitor Center. Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest privately owned tracts of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the Mississippi Delta. Over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish call the refuge home.

Off-Season

Winter Quarters State Historic Site

Guests to Lake Bruin State Park with an interest in history and local culture will find the three-mile drive to nearby Newelton, LA worthwhile. Winter Quarters Plantation dates back to 1805. At that time, Job Routh built a winter hunting lodge on land granted him by the Spanish government. Rooms were built onto the original structure in the 1830's. The plantation encompassed over 2000-acres at its height. The plantation processed cotton, ran a sawmill, maintained several barns, a smokehouse, a hospital and several boat docks. This was all done with the labor of over 300 enslaved workers.

Winter Quarters Plantation is one of the rare survivors of the Civil War. The house stands today due to the courage of then occupant Julia Nutt, who fed and housed Union soldiers in exchange for sparing the house.

In 1978, Winter Quarters State Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Poverty Point State Historic Site

Guests to Lake Bruin State Park with an interest in Native American history and culture will find Poverty Point State Historic Site of interest. This site is considered one of the most significant archaeological finds in the United States. The site invites guests to explore the Native American ceremonial mounds built between 1700 and 700 B.C. Guests will also want to explore the museum where they can learn more about the culture that once flourished here. The people who inhabited Poverty Point were highly sophisticated. Scientist have estimated that landscape preparation and earthworks construction that took place here may have required moving as many as 53 million cubic feet of soil. Guests will learn of the evidence that Poverty Point's inhabitants imported stone and ore from far off places. In 1962, Poverty Point was designated a National Historic Landmark. The site was made a Smithsonian affiliate in 2010.

Geocaching

Guests to Lake Bruin State Park with an interest in geocaching will be happy to hear that the park participates in the Louisiana State Geocache Project. Guests new to geocaching will find this modern twist to treasure hunting addictive. The Lake Bruin State Park Geocache is located in easy terrain and is fairly easy to find. The geocache is regular sized. Guests can go to the official LAOSP site to obtain a clue tracking sheet and to find out more about geocaching in the great state of Louisiana.

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