How about spending your outdoor adventure with friends and family by camping with an RV at Lake Bruin State Park? Located in east-central Louisiana on the outskirts of the county seat of Saint Joseph, Lake Bruin State Park is an ideal motorhome camping trip destination. Covering over 3000 acres of pristine blue water, Lake Bruin is the central attraction of the state park that’s spread over 53 acres of land. While the park was established in 1928 as a fish hatchery, it was turned into a state park a few years later. Formed out of an ox-bow lake of the Mississippi River, Lake Bruin is known for excellent fishing, among other recreational activities.
Renting an RV is a convenient way of getting around the area, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Tensas Parish. Visitors flock to Lake Bruin State Park to enjoy the outdoor recreation available at the park. Camping at Lake Bruin State Park is great for fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports. You’ll also find a couple of interesting historical and natural attractions around Lake Bruin State Park, including the Winter Quarters Historic Site and the Tensas Wildlife Natural Refuge, which offers wildlife viewing opportunities and hiking trails.
RV camping at Lake Bruin State Park is a treat for anglers. With three large fishing piers, anglers enjoy easy access to the lake for fishing. Largemouth bass fishing is popular in the lake during the summer months and in September and October. Other fish species found in the lake are bluegill and crappie. Bass fishing is so popular in the lake that Lake Bruin is one of the eight stops on the Louisiana Bass Trail.
Boating at Lake Bruin State Park is fun. With 3000 acres of water to enjoy, pleasure boating and water sports are common on the lake. There’s a boat-launch that is functional through the year, along with boat sheds and a covered pavilion. In case you have brought your watercraft, flat-bottom boats are available for rent at the state park.
The Tensas Wildlife Refuge area offers hiking, wildlife viewing, and hunting. Interpreted trails make hiking a fun experience in the refuge. Put on your hiking boots and set out to explore the trails; don’t forget your binoculars while you hike the trails and check out a wide variety of flora and fauna along the way.
Camping at Lake Bruin State Park
Park your RV rental at Lake Bruin State Park to enjoy easy access to the park’s many recreational offerings. The campground at the park has a mix of fully developed and primitive campsites. Amenities here include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, a dump station, central water spigot, WiFi, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a pet area or your furry friends, and a picnic shelter. Kids will love running around in the playground while you have access to a range of outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, and swimming.
When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Lake Bruin State Park, drive to Natchez State Park, about 18 miles away. The campground here has 68 sites, and amenities include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 30 and 50 amp, water, a dump station, and limited cell phone coverage. There are restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Explore the many recreational trails around the campground. Bring your four-legged friends along to this pet-friendly campground.
Shiloh’s Lake Bruin Resort has 90 campsites, and features that include pull-thru sites, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, and sewer. There’s also a swimming pool for recreation.
Exploring the Area
The city of Monroe is about 90 miles from Lake Bruin State Park and worth including in your RV rental vacation. With a small-town feel, the city is steeped in historical relevance and is also a hub for excellent southern food.
The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is an interesting visit as it takes you through the aviation history of many aircraft and pilots engaged in past conflicts and wars. What’s unique about this museum is the fact that the exhibits are being constantly revolved, and no two visits to the museum will you see the same exhibits.
The African American Museum provides an insight into African-American history dating back to the country’s independence from Great Britain.
The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens is a must-visit for everyone visiting Monroe. The museum showcases the history of the mighty Coca Cola Corporation, and how the then owner was the very first to bottle and sell what went on to become the most popular beverage worldwide.
Stop by at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. With over 400 animals from all over the world housed here, enjoy tours, classes, and events on these animals and the zoo.
Monroe is filled with terrific eating joints that showcase the very best of southern cuisine. With a diverse range of dining options that include local eateries, fine dining restaurants, family-run joints, bars, and pubs, eating out in Monroe is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.