Over 280 species of fish are known to make their home in the waters off the coast of Grand Isle. Brown pelicans--the state bird of Louisiana--dive into the water. Seagulls appear to float on the wind above the shore. Crabs nimbly scamper out of reach of the children chasing them with their nets. This is Grand Isle State Park--a natural haven on the most popular barrier island off the coast of Louisiana. A beach ridge created by the action of the waves of the Gulf, Grand Isle serves as a breakwater between the Gulf and the network of inland channels that connect to the bayou tributaries of the Mississippi River. It is also the launching point for excellent deep-sea salt-water fishing adventures. Every July, a Tarpon Rodeo attracts thousands of fishing competitors to these prolific waters offshore. Speckled trout can be caught by surf fishers year round, especially in the spring and summer. Redfish venture into the range of the surf fishermen in the fall and winter. The warm Gulf waters are enjoyed by swimmers most of the year, and Grand Isle State Park offers an excellent location for splashing in the surf. At the Visitor Center, exhibits portray how man and nature have shaped the unique story of Grand Isle, and an observation tower gives a bird's-eye view of the coastline. Birding enthusiasts will also delight in the beauty of the lagoons and the Gulf shore. This unique environment attracts numerous species of birds and other wildlife, so bring your binoculars or a camera to enjoy the opportunity to view nature unspoiled. So take a trip to the edge of Louisiana. Fishing, birding, swimming,crabbing, sunning, boating, or just relaxing--Grand Isle State Park gives you the best of Grand Isle.

walking
4 months ago

Easy trail with plenty of beach. Beautiful views and great fishing and crabbing. Very peaceful except during annual fishing rodeo in August, it can be a bit crowded.

trail running
6 months ago