Grand Isle State Park Campground (Grand Isle, LA)
After visiting Memphis, TN for a couple nights, we headed down the Mississippi to Louisiana. But we weren’t going to New Orleans. Nope, we went further south, further off the beaten path, to Grand Isle State Park for some relaxing camping.
Grand Isle State Park is located at the north-eastern tip of Grand Isle in Louisiana. It’s about 40-50 miles due south of New Orleans, but 110 miles by road. We’re not talking Interstates either. Nor 4-lane highways. Nope, it’s two lanes all the way out for the last 60 or so miles. Basically, it’s in the middle of nowhere.
If you’re looking for a happening nightlife, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for a jump-off point to New Orleans, you also won’t find it here. What you will find though, is a quiet, friendly campground with a wide beach, clear night skies, and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll find piers where you can watch 20 or 30 dolphins playing in the water while pelicans buzz the water looking for dinner. You’ll have easy access to great fishing (so we heard), if you so desire. There’s also a lagoon that you can take a nice easy stroll around and, if you’re lucky (like we were), watch the fish jump out of the water.
Being Louisiana, there are some bugs, even in January. Summertime would probably be pretty brutal.
Water, electric, and wi-fi are all included in the price. The wi-fi was as fast as your home internet. The water and electric hookups are on the opposite side of the pull-through drive from where the tent, picnic table, fire ring, and basically everything else are. It’s an odd setup, but as long as you have a 25-50′ extension cord, you’ll be fine.
These definitely rank near the top of the best bathrooms we’ve had in a campground yet. They were very clean, quite huge, and actually smelled decent, considering that they were community bathrooms. Unlike so many other places, they even had shower heads that didn’t require jumping around under to get wet.
They also had multiple large mess sinks where you could clean up dishes (but not seafood). There’s also a spot to clean seafood out on the observation pier just outside of the campground, no more than a 5 minute walk away.
There isn’t really any privacy here. The pull-throughs are really big, long enough for a big truck and a big RV. They’re also fairly wide, too. But there’s not really any “privacy” to speak of. No trees, bushes, etc in between the sites to obscure the view.
On the other hand, it’s mostly an RV park, like a lot of the other campgrounds. Once it starts getting dark, most people retire to their campers.
This is the least expensive campground we’ve been to. At only $18/night, you get a site with full hookups, plus great wi-fi. Everything about the place is top-notch too. A laundry facility is the only thing missing and that’s a pretty minor issue.