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This beautiful park in the Atchafalaya Basin offers miles of canoeing and kayaking trails in a labyrinth of waterways. You’ll also find hiking trails, cabins and campsites, a boat launch and a playground. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park occupies 6,000 acres that once were part of the Atchafalaya Basin. The area surrounding the park was the home site of the earliest residents, the Chitimacha people. French and Acadian farmers and trappers came later, followed by Spaniards, and then Canary Islanders. All contributed to the cultural diversity of the area. Combine your wilderness adventure with a tour of nearby historic areas such as St. Martinville and Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. A visitor center complex in the park features a boat dock with canoe rentals, and a nature center provides fun programs and learning activities. From St. Martinville, take Highway 96 to Highway 79, then to Highway 3083; turn right onto Levee Road for eight miles. There are two routes to the park from I-10: Take Exit 115 to Henderson, heading south on Highway 352, and the park will be about 19 miles down the road, on the right; or, take Exit 121 to Butte LaRose, following Highway 3177 to Butte LaRose, then turning west into Highway 193 (Herman Dubuis Road), then south onto Highway 352. The park will be about 16 miles down the road, on the right. See http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakefaus.aspx or call 337-229-4764 or 888-677-7200.