Palmetto Island State Park

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Palmetto Island State Park
Lafayette Region

19501 Pleasant Road
Abbeville, LA 70510
United States

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.
Admission/Entrance Fees

$3 per person

Free for seniors (62 & older)

Free for children (3 & under)

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! 

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Release your inner carefree toddler at the water playground
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Nestled among the trees and the palmetto plants for which the park is named are two-bedroom cabins
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A resting spot – or outdoor classroom – along the trail where you can see the Louisiana Red Iris
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Get a little closer to nature at one of the 96 campsites

Activities

Parks & Preserves
Parks & Preserves
Biking
Biking
Boating
Boating
Camping
Camping
Canoeing/Kayaking
Paddling
Fishing
Fishing
Hiking
Hiking
Swimming/Water Playgrounds
Swimming/Water Playgrounds
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing

Find Nearby Things to Do

Find Things to Do

 

 

Camping

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

(Map of campsites 25-75)  (Map of campsites 1-24, 76-96)

20 Premium Campsites

$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax , Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

Includes sewer, water and electrical hookups
76 Improved Campsites

$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

Includes water and electrical hookups
Primitive Campground

$35 per night plus tax

30 person max capacity
Backcountry Campsites

$9/night per person plus tax

Walk-in only
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes

Available through the National Park Service.

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).

Facilities

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.(Cabins area)

Deluxe Cabins

$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
Other Rates
Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property

$10/cart per day

$100 annual permit available

Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.
Canoe Rentals

$7 per hour or
$25 per day

Includes paddles, life jackets. Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available. Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates.

Trails at Palmetto Island State Park

Hiking/Biking Map, courtesy of the Friends of Palmetto Island State Park, Inc.

  • Cypress Trail – 0.7-mile nature trail

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.
 

Birding

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.