Louisiana Nature, State Parks August 23, 2022
Tiny But Mighty, The Smallest State Park In Louisiana Is A Hidden Gem Worth Exploring
Did you know that there are 21 state parks in Louisiana? From the largest to the smallest, each one of Louisiana’s state parks boasts incredible beauty, fascinating history, wildlife viewing opportunities, and a chance to get away from it all and surround yourself with Louisiana’s insanely beautiful natural landscape. The tiniest state park in all of Louisiana may not seem like it should move to the top of your bucket list, but we promise this tiny but mighty state park packs a punch for its small size.
You’ll find Lake Bruin State Park in St. Joseph, Louisiana.
The 53-acre park may be tiny, but it’s nestled along the scenic Lake Bruin, which has a surface area of 3,000 acres.
The park was originally established in 1928 as a fish hatchery, so bring your tackle box.
There are three piers to fish from, as well as rental boats available if you’d like to take to the water to find your new favorite honey hole. Largemouth bass are popular year-round, but if you’re fishing along the pier, you stand a good chance of snagging a white perch or bluegill.
Water sports are a popular pastime on the lake, too.
You'll often see people tubing and waterskiing in the open water.
Renting a canoe or a kayak is one of the best ways to experience the lake.
Nothing beats the sweet serenity of a leisurely paddle on the water. Keep your eyes peeled for herons and egrets swooping down for a snack!
If you'd prefer to stay on land, find yourself a secluded little spot to enjoy the view.
If you'd like to turn your day trip into a weekend getaway, you have plenty of options.
Primitive campsites and RV hook-ups are both available, but if you really want to treat yourself, go ahead and rent one of the cabins. Most cabins can sleep up to four people, but the deluxe cabins can sleep up to eight. You'll have plenty of space to sprawl out in between adventures.
Of course, nothing beats a waterfront sunset, and Lake Bruin State Park specializes in this spectacle.
There's nothing more beautiful than a sunset over the water. Grill up your catch of the day, hang out by the fire, and watch the sun dip below the horizon. Not a bad day for a tiny state park, right?
For more information, visit
Lake Bruin State Park’s website, and don’t forget to give them a follow on Facebook.
Now, Lake Bruin may be the smallest state park in Louisiana, but have you ever explored
Chicot State Park, the largest state park in Louisiana? Address: Lake Bruin State Park, 201 State Park Rd, St Joseph, LA 71366, USA