Fall may be in full swing, but with our mild climate, it’s almost always beach weather in Louisiana! And Cypremort Point State Park is a great place to get the beach experience without leaving the state. Enjoy the peaceful breeze coming in off the bay and the soothing water hitting the pier. Just be sure and add mosquito repellent when you pack your sunscreen.
Relax and hang out on the beach, fish from the pier or pop over to the parish boat launch where you can set out into Vermilion Bay for a paddle toward the Gulf of Mexico or more intense fishing. For a longer stay, the cabins have great views of the bay and the sunsets, attached boat slips and a fish cleaning station. Huge redfish and speckled trout are routinely caught in the park’s waters, but there’s also a variety of red and black bream, flounder, alligator gar and shark.
I hung out near the beach, and there were fewer locals than I expected. In fact, a group of Parisians taking a whirlwind tour of the state made a stop in the park on the recommendation of the local tourism office. Then, I had a conversation with a woman who moved from Las Vegas to Cypremort Point, based off “things nearby” pictures on real estate websites. Her husband is also from south Louisiana, and she says they often go to the park and just sit and enjoy the view, watching many sunsets there. And checking out the Facebook pictures posted by park staff, the sunsets are quite gorgeous.
The beach looks great these days, thanks to a reclamation project this spring. The lovely waves-breaking sound that can soothe you to sleep can also cause a lot of erosion; and with the help from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Isaac, the beach shrunk a good bit. Four hundred cubic yards of sand and 200 cubic yards of heavy clay were brought in to restore the beach area. With the nearby picnic pavilions, it’s once again a great place to spend the day with family, friends and a cooler full of snacks.
The park also has a bit of history to it. The word cypremort is a variation of the French cyprès morts, meaning “dead cypress.” Chitimacha tradition says that one of four markers—one for each of the four subtribes living in the area prior to European settlers—defining the boundaries of the ancestral tribal land was a great cypress located on what is now the park. That cypress is long gone, but finding all four markers could be a great historical scavenger hunt. The other markers are believed to be located in Maringoin, just southeast of New Orleans and at the mouth of the Mississippi.
Cypremort State Park is a 185-acre park located on the Vermilion Bay between Grand Isle and Cameron, 24 miles south of Jeanerette. For more information, follow the park on Facebook, visit LaStateParks.com or call 888.867.4510 toll free or 867.4510 locally.