With some 3,000 acres of water surface, Lake Bruin offers visitors easy access to excellent freshwater fishing and superb water sports, including canoeing and kayaking. The 53-acre park was originally established in 1928 as a fish hatchery. Three large fishing piers, a year-round boat launch and a boat shed for docking make water access simple. Rental boats are available. An sandy-beach area along the lake is set aside for swimming, and a bathhouse is located nearby. Lake Bruin's day-use area has picnic tables and barbeque grills situated near the lake and adjacent to two of the fishing piers, restrooms and playground areas. A covered pavilion allows park visitors to enjoy their meals whatever the weather. Most facilities are wheelchair accessible. Lake Bruin State Park is located at 201 State Park Road, St. Joseph. From I-20, take U.S. 65 south. From U.S. 65, take Highway 128 east to Highway 606 north, then to Highway 604. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iLkbruin.aspx or call 318-766-3530 or 888-677-2784.