Grand Isle State Park
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps, 20 Amps
Additional Pet Information:
This park is excellent place to fish and enjoy the beach. The people are very helpful
Beautiful Gulf Coast Park
Great park for only $18 per night. We stayed 4 nights in a Class A. There was hardly anyone there so we had the place to ourselves, it seemed. When we arrived, the spot we'd reserved did not have working electricity so we had to move, sort of a hassle at 10:30 at night. The pull thru pads are concrete and level. Each has a picnic table and fire pit. Free laundry, 2 washers and 2 dryers, big kind, very clean.
The showers were spotless, although you want to use the one closer to the park entrance as the other one didn't have shower curtains and the water was only semi-hot. The one near the entrance was perfect.
The park is very strict about all the rules, which is probably how they keep everything so clean but if felt a little oppressive. Got scolded by the camp host for trying to glance in to see the showers with my dog in tow. No dogs allowed on the beach, etc. We pick up after our dogs but I suppose everyone doesn't.
The maintenance guy (I think his name was Bob) was very nice and friendly and knew a great deal about the island wildlife.
The hiking trails around the salt water marshes are nice and again, no one else on the trails in the entire 3 days we hiked there.
One down side is that the shrimp boats heading to and from sea were very loud with their diesel engines drowning. Helicopters flew in and out (although not right over grand isle, it seemed) to the oil rigs offshore a lot. Too bad because other than that, it was super quiet.
Nice park, nice facilities, great price.
Right on the ocean
The sites are all pull thrus, all on the other side of a manmade dune facing the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is being rebuilt by the Corps of Engineers and is officially closed but you can walk on it and fish from the pier and enjoy the ocean. Tbere isn't much tidal change (1' between high and low), and there isn't any shade (only recently planted palm trees), but it's lovely. Sites 4, 8 30, and 13 are particularly nice because you have a little space. Each site comes with a picnic table, a raised barbecue grill and a fire pit. It's a bit confusing to find since Hwy 1 continues left and you have to take Admiral Craik Drive; there is no sign indicating this. We didn't reserve ahead because of the time of the year, but I would recommend it starting in May because it is quite a trip out to the park and you don't want to get there and not be able to camp. We were given a 50% discount because we had a Golden Age pass!
The bathrooms are beautiful. Clean, tiled, double space, fiberglass shower stall. There is even a free washer and dryer. There are 4 showers in the west bathhouse. The east bathhouse is closed temporarily, but I assume there are another 4 showers there.