Located on the Vermilion River, Palmetto Island State Park offers a real south Louisiana outdoors experience. A boat launch provides access to the river for fishing and boating, while the interior lagoons allow canoers and kayakers an up-close look at the native plant and animal life. Overnight guests can stay in one of six vacation cabins, each sleeping up to 8 people comfortably. The cabins, nestled among the trees and foliage, are outfitted with a full kitchen and bathroom, fireplaces for those chilly winter evenings and a screened-in porch for listening to the crickets and frogs sing out their evening melodies. 96 campsites are available for RV camping (20 sites include an extra tent camping pad), for those who like to get a little closer to nature. The visitor center complex will definitely be a “must do” for the day-use visitor, with a water playground and bathhouse. A multi-purpose room can be rented for meetings, family gatherings, weddings and many other events.The ever-present palmetto plants, for which the park is named, are echoed in many of the architectural elements around the park; so pack a picnic and have a scavenger hunt for them all!
Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.
Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday: open at 7 a.m. – close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays: open at 7 a.m. – close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees: $3 per person, Free for seniors (62 & older), Free for children (3 & under)
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
Cabins: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)
(map of cabins 1-6)
|$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs|
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
|6 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper|
|Pavilions||$50/day||4 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people, each.|
*Units are equipped with grills/fire rings.
|Meeting Room||$100/day plus tax||Capacity is 50 people for Conference and Theatre set-up|
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|96 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)||$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat|
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
|Primitive Campground (30 person max capacity)||$35 per night plus tax|
|Backcountry Campsites (walk-in only)||$9/night per person plus tax|
|Golden Age & Golden Access Passports (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)|
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).
|Canoes||$7 per hour or|
$25 per day
|includes paddles, life jackets|
Water Playground – Louisiana State Parks’ water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.
A Birder’s Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.