Camping in Louisiana

Camping in Louisiana | The Ultimate Guide to Campgrounds in Louisiana

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You could go camping in Louisiana for months on end and never run out of incredible campgrounds worth staying the night. From scenic forests to sandy beaches, there’s a lot of unique terrain to explore in this southern state. Not to mention, the region’s culture is vibrant and its history rich. Swamp tours, alligator farms, and plantation tours are just some of the many ways you can experience this gem of a state.

Looking to visit the lively downtown district of New Orleans? You might be surprised to find a campground just a couple blocks away from the action. Explore French markets, age-old plantations, and the famous French Quarter without spending a fortune on a hotel.

Of course, Louisiana has a lot more to offer than Bourbon Street and the craziest Mardi Gras celebrations ever. For those looking to get away from it all, your options are plentiful (as you’ll discover below).

In this guide you’ll find:

  • Camping in Louisiana State Parks & Recreation Areas
  • Campgrounds in New Orleans (near downtown)
  • Private campgrounds throughout the state
  • Free campgrounds in Louisiana

Camping in Louisiana: Campgrounds in Louisiana State Parks & Recreation Areas

There are 22 Louisiana State Parks, many offer accommodations for campers in tents and RVs. Some also maintain cabins and lodges for rent. Below you’ll find some of the top-rated campgrounds at Louisiana State Parks & Recreation Areas.

Grand Isle State Park

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Location: 108 Admiral Craik Dr., Grand Isle, LA 70358

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starts at $18 per night for beach tent campsites

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/grand-isle-state-park/index

Grand Isle connects to the bayou tributaries of the Mississippi River, and operates as a breakwater between the Gulf and a network of inland channels. Its unique location and varied environment makes it a top-spot for deep-sea salt-water fishing and wildlife viewing. Other popular activities include swimming, crabbing, hiking, boating, and simply relaxing.

There are 45 pull-through sites with electrical and water hook-ups. Basic beach sites offer no water or hookups, and start at just $18 per night. Sites do not have sewer hook-ups but there is a dump station on-site.

 Reservations: Book now

Lake Claiborne State Park

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Location: 225 State Park Road, Homer, LA 71040

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/lake-claiborne-state-park/index

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starts at $20 per night

Lake Claiborne State Park offers 6,400 acres of paradise with sandy beaches and freshwater lake fishing. Activities at Lake Claiborne include swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, hiking, and birding.

This State Park is home to 87 campsites outfitted with picnic tables and BBQ grills. Take your pick between primitive campsites with no hookups, improved campsites with water and electrical hookups, and premium pull-through campsites. Primitive group sites are available as well. In addition, there are ten vacation cabins for rent. Amenities include an on-site comfort station and laundry facilities.

Reservations: Book online

Fairview Riverside State Park

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Location: 119 Fairview Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starts at $18 per night

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/fairview-riverside-state-park/

Ninety-nine-acre Fairview-Riverside State Park sits on the scenic banks of the Tchefuncte River. There are 81 camping sites, each one comes with electricity and water hook-ups. There are 20 unimproved campsites with no hookups, as well as improved campsites with water and electric. By upgrading to a premium campsite, you can stay in one of the park’s prime locations. There’s a comfort station nearby and a dump station on-site.

Reservations: Book online

North Toledo Bend State Park

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Location: 2907 N Toledo Park Rd, Zwolle, LA 71486

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starts at $20 per night

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/north-toledo-bend-state-park/index

North Toledo Beach State Park offers 55 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups. In addition, there are 8 premium campsites in prime locations with water and electrical services. Upgrade your stay, cabins and lodges are available for rent.

The park spans 900 acres and is home to one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the US. Amenities include restrooms for the summer season, and laundry facilities. A rare treat for a State Park, there’s a full-size swimming pool that is open between Memorial Day weekend and August 1st.

Speaking of the water, rent a boat for the day and take advantage of the on-site boat launch with double ramp. Popular activities include fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, picnicking, and simply relaxing.

Reservations: Book online

Jimmie Davis State Park

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Location: 1209 State Park Rd, Chatham, LA 71226

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starts at $25 per night

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/jimmie-davis-state-park/index

Jimmie Davis State Park welcomes campers to enjoy one of their 73 sites. Each site comes with a tent pad, table, and fire ring. Premium sites offer a chance to stay in a prime location. In addition, there are 17 cabins and 2 lodges for rent.

The park has 2 boat launches and a fishing pier so anglers can take advantage of this prime freshwater fishing spot. Many people enjoy waterskiing here. While you’re out on the water, take in epic views of the land dotted in pine trees and hardwood forest. Plus, there’s a water playground for kids that is open Tuesday through Sunday each week between April 1 and October 31.

Reservations: Book online

Fontainebleau State Park

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Location: 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70471

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Basic sites start at $18 per night

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/fontainebleau-state-park/index

Less than one-hour from New Orleans, Fontainebleau State Park was built around the crumbling ruins of a historic sugar mill built in 1829. Today, the 2,800-acre park sits on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, where on a clear day you can see sail boats of all colors and sizes.

The park’s sandy beach is a great spot to catch some rays and chill out. Keeping pace with the historic vibe of Fontainebleau park, an old railroad track has been converted into a trail known as Tammany Trace. It is a good place to go hiking, biking, or even in-line skating. Look out for over 400 species of wildlife thriving in this neck of the woods.

There are 37 unimproved campsites with no hookups, 2 large primitive group camp sites, and 103 improved sites with water and electrical hookups. For $5-$10 extra you can reserve one of 23 premium campsites. 19 of which are pull-through with water and electrical hook-ups; some come with sewer hook-ups as well.

Reservations: Book online

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

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Location: 1500 Poverty Point Pkwy, Delhi, LA 71232

Open: All year

Camping fee: Starting at $20 per night

Website: crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/poverty-point-reservoir-state-park/index

At the center of Poverty Point Reservoir State Park is a 2,700-acre man-made lake where campers can partake in a wide range of watersports. The lake doubles as a vantage spot to watch waterfowl migrate in the spring and fall. The North Marina Complex has a swimming beach area, boat launch, and 48 covered boat slips. There’s a fishing pier, cleaning station, and concession stand too.

Poverty Point is home to 9 improved campsites with water and electrical hook-ups, and 45 premium campsites with water, electrical and sewerage hookups. The camp is open to tents and RVs. In addition, guests can cozy up in a standard lodge or deluxe cabin right on the water.

Amenities include a water playground, restrooms, boat rentals, and bear-proof containers. After all, black bears are commonly sighted here.

Reservations: Book online

Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex

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Location: Provencal, LA 71468

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: n/a

Website: fs.usda.gov/recarea/kisatchie/recarea/?recid=34803

The Kisatchie National Forest spans 600,000 acres and offers a peaceful escape from the hustle of the city, which is around 2 hours away. It is just 1 of 40 established campgrounds along with backcountry camping spots in this massive forest.

Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex is home to a rocky bayou surrounded by old hardwood and pine trees. There are 17 primitive walk-in sites, and 1 drive-in site at this campground. There are designated areas for group camping.

Sites come with tent pads, BBQ pits, lantern posts, a fire ring and grills. There is no water at this site. The day use visitor center is equipped with vault toilets, trash receptacles, picnic tables, and fire rings.

Along with camping, popular activities in the area include fishing, hiking, nature viewing, picnicking, biking, and boating (non-motorized). In addition, there are nearly 200 miles of OHV-friendly trails to explore. Pets are welcome!

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Camping in Louisiana: Campgrounds in New Orleans

New Orleans is easily the most popular spot in Louisiana, hence why the hotels around here are so pricey. Luckily, there are several campgrounds near the heart of downtown New Orleans.

Jude Travel Park of New Orleans

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Location: 7400 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126-5316

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Daily rates start at $38.89 per night

Website: judetravelpark.com

Jude Travel Park offers an affordable way to stay near the heart of the action in New Orleans. Just five minutes from downtown’s French Quarter, the park is locally owned and operated just as it has been for over 30 years. The owners live on-site at this gated facility. There are full-hookups at each back-in site with 50/30-amp electric service. Sites can accommodate rigs that measure up to 45 feet long.

Amenities include free Wi-Fi, heated showers, and coin-op laundry. Take advantage of the concierge service to book city tours, steamboat excursions, swamp tours, etc. You don’t have to leave camp to find something to do. For instance, there’s a saltwater pool and spa, and the camp provides free walking tours.

Reservations: Call 1-504-321-0291, reservations are highly recommended especially on weekends and holidays

New Orleans West KOA

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Location: 11129 Jefferson Highway

Open: All year

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/new-orleans/

Located 12.9 miles (approx. a 29-minute drive) from the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, this serene West KOA campground offers the perfect mix of trees, concrete pads, and grassy fields.

Tent sites can accommodate up to 5 people and offer full-hookups with space for parking. Pick from a variety of RV camping sites, the most basic back-in sites are intended for small rigs and tents, and outfitted with water, 30/20-amps electricity, and Wi-Fi. Premium sites are back-in, 50/30-amp, with full-hookups including cable TV.

Amenities include laundry facilities, restrooms, a playground, tour shuttle, and a dog park—this campground is dog friendly! The pool is open between 4/15 and 10/15 each year. Planned activities are offered, with special events catered to families, motorcycle clubs, RV clubs, and military clubs.

Reservations: Book online or call 1-800-562-5110

French Quarter RV Resort

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Location: 500 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Standard nightly rate starts at $105

Website: fqrv.com

Park your RV mere blocks away from the bustling historic French Quarter district in downtown New Orleans. Located right off Interstate 10, the French Quarter RV Resort is super easy to get to. This pretty resort offers 52 paved sites that all measure at least 30-foot wide by 60-foot deep. Sites come with 20/30/50-amp electric, and full-hookups with city water and sewer. Bonus perk: enjoy 72 channels of cable TV.

While $105 per night might sound a little steep for an RV resort, keep in mind the location of this camp. Plus, it operates more like a luxury hotel. The courtyard is inspired by French Quarter design and features a pool, hot tub, gazebo, and bar facilities with ice machine. There is a clubhouse equipped with four private bathrooms with showers, laundry rooms, and a gym. In addition, a business center offers everything you need to get stuff done—including computers, printers, and other office gadgets.

Reservations: Book online or call 1-504-586-3000

Three Oaks & a Pine RV Park

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Location: 7500 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126

Open: All year

Camping fee: Starts at around $35 per night

Website: threeoaksrv.com

This facility offers RV camping only, tents are not permitted due to city regulations. Located just 6.6 miles (approx. a 13-minute drive) from the French Quarter, Three Oaks and a Pine RV Park is conveniently located near the I-10 with access to major roadways and public transportation. In fact, the public bus stop is right across the way.

RV sites are back-in only, but come with full hook-ups and 20/30/50-amp electric. The park can accommodate RVs up to 80’ long. Amenities include Wi-Fi, 24/7 security, a laundry room, and clean bathrooms with showers.

Are you an animal lover? You’ll love that pets stay free! Plus, a portion of all proceeds are donated to animal charities.

Reservations: Book online or call 1-504-779-5757

Camping in Louisiana: Private Campgrounds in Louisiana

There are many privately owned and operated campgrounds throughout the state of Louisiana. Some benefits to staying at a privately-owned campground include the fact you can generally stay as long as you want, while State Parks and other government-run campgrounds tend to put a maximum stay time of 14 days or so. Plus, there are typically more amenities such as pools, spas, recreational facilities, etc.

From the coast of Louisiana to inland locations closer to the borders of Mississippi or Texas, here are some top-rated private campgrounds in Louisiana.

Lizard Creek Campground—RV & Tent Camping

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Location: 28615 LA-1037, Springfield, LA 70462

Open: Year-round

Camp fee: Starts at $20 per night

Website: lizardcreekcampground.com

This campground was once a vibrant farm where fruits and vegetables were grown and harvested. Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, at which point the owner of the property decided to transform it into Lizard Creek Campground. The camp offers 18 pull-through RV sites (30/50-amp) and 10 tent campsites with electricity.

Amenities include a bathhouse with shower, laundry room, and a picnic area with BBQ pit. There’s a covered boat launch and boat rentals available on-site. Plus, a small playground for kids. The campground connects to both Blood River and Tickfaw River, granting campers easy access to both major waterways.

Many state parks impose maximum stays, usually around 14-days or 2 weeks, but you can stay at Lizard Creek Campground as long as you want. In fact, the longer your stay, the lower the nightly rate!

Reservations: Call 1-225-294-2777

Indian Creek Campground

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Location: 4501, 53013 W Fontana Rd, Independence, LA 70443

Open: Year-round

Camp fee: Primitive tent sites start at $22 per night

Website: indiancreek55.com

This clean yet rustic park sits on the Natalbany River, offering the perfect spot to unwind with the whole family. Campsites are tucked between beautiful pine trees. Take your pick between primitive tent sites, and back-in sites with more amenities including 30 and 50-amp electric service.

Looking for a cozier place to rest your head? There are regular and mini cabins for rent, starting at just $55 per night. Mini cabins can sleep 4, while standard-sized cabins sleep between 6 and 10 people.

Take a swim in the pool or lounge on the sun deck. Other water-related amenities include a fishing area, as well as paddle boat and canoe rentals. Kids will enjoy the two playgrounds, while campers of all ages can partake in some fun on the basketball or volleyball courts, as well as in the horseshoe pits or game room. Amenities include a well-maintained bathhouse and laundry room, along with propane and ice sales.

New Orleans is 65 miles away and Baton Rouge is 55 miles away. Closer attractions include alligator farms, plantation tours, swamp tours, and casinos.

Reservations: Call 1-888-716-4687 or 1-985-878-6567 *reservation hours are between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Saturday; 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays

Tunica Hills Campground

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Location: 12112-12238 Parker Rd, St Francisville, LA 70775

Open: All year

Camping fee: Tent sites w/out electric start at $16 per night

Website: tunicahillscampground.com

Tucked away in the quiet Tunica Hills region, this campground is home to endless trails and a century-old hardwood forest. If you’re looking to get as close to untouched nature as possible, this could be a great spot for you. After all, the camp is situated near the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, as well as the Clark Creek Natural Area where you’ll find the Tunica Hills Waterfalls.

Tent sites with electricity start at $20 per night, while more primitive tent sites without electricity are just $16 per night. Tent sites are spread throughout the forest, and each comes with a picnic table, fire pit, and cooking grate. Rates include 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 children (under 12). Additional adults are $7 per night, and additional kids are $4 per night.

Tunica Hills Campground also offers a 2-bedroom cabin and a deluxe A-frame cabin, both are fully furnished and come packed with appliances, even a washer/dryer.

Amenities include Porta-Pottys and showers with hot water. In addition, there’s a large covered pavilion with BBQ grills, countertop space, running water, electricity, and picnic tables—the perfect spot for large group cookouts.

Reservations: Book in advance by contacting Brenda at 1-225-921-0956

Cajun Campground

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Location: 5552 US-190, Eunice, LA 70535

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: $24-$38 per night (daily rate)

Website: cajuncampground.com

Cajun Campground has been in operation for over 30 years. Located on 40 acres, it is just six miles to the east of Eunice, LA. This family-friendly campground is home to 135 camping sites, most are equipped with full hook-ups and offer plenty of privacy and space. Five pavilions offer ideal accommodations for large camping groups. In addition, Cajun Campground maintains 7 cabins with private bathrooms for rent.

Amenities include a concession stand, Wi-Fi, propane, restrooms, and laundry facilities. To keep you busy, there’s a game room, in-ground pool, playground, paved trails for biking, nature trails, mini-golf, and peddle boats.

Reservations: Call 1-337-457-5753

Camping in Louisiana: Free Campgrounds in Louisiana

There are a surprising number of free places to go camping in Louisiana. Here are some of the best options that won’t cost you dime!

Ahtus Melder Camp in Kisatchie National Forest

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Location: Ahtus Melder Road, Forest Hill, LA 71430

This is a popular spot to camp with horses. Even without horses in tow, this is a great spot for free camping. RVs, tents, trailers, and campers are welcome. Ahtus Melder Camp is situated on an old abandoned Army base. Beware, this spot tends to get busy on weekends and holidays. You’ll find NO amenities here, but come prepared and nature alone has plenty to offer.

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Custis Camp in Kisatchie National Forest

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Location: Par Road 341, Natchitoches, LA 71457

This free campsite can be used year-round for remote camping within the National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve. Custis Camp has been designated as a hunter’s camp, although it is open to general forest visitors as well. The primitive sites here offer little to no amenities so come prepared with everything you need. It is super quiet here with enough space for large big rigs, and shaded areas for tents.

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Atchafalaya Welcome Center

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Location: 1908 Atchafalaya River Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

There are 12 free camping sites at this stay over. You’ll hear some noise from nearby I-10, but at least you can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at the Center. The Welcome Center is home to a small museum and movie theater that plays a short film about the area’s rich history. There are clean restrooms too, and did we mention there’s free coffee?! This is a great place to stay on your way to another destination.

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Rutherford Beach

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Location: Parish Road 359, Creole, LA 70632

The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages this free spot for tent camping on the beach. Always be aware of high tide lines when selecting your beach camp spot.

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