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Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, at the edge of a beautiful water wilderness, is a perfect point from which to explore the natural and cultural heritage of South Louisiana. Fishing, boating and canoeing opportunities abound. A boat launch gives visitors easy access to the labyrinth of waterways that winds through the Atchafalaya Basin. A visitor center complex features a boat dock with rentals, and a nature center provides fun programs and learning activities. The park occupies 6,000 acres that once were part of the Atchafalaya Basin. The area surrounding the park was formerly the home site of the Chitimacha people, the earliest residents. French and Acadian farmers and trappers came later to the area; Spain controlled the land into the early 19th century, and Spanish Canary Islanders (called Isleños) later immigrated to the area, contributing to the cultural diversity of this region. Combine your wilderness adventure with a tour of nearby historic areas such as the city of St. Martinville and Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is located at 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville. From St. Martinville, take Highway 96 to Highway 679, then to Highway 3083; turn right onto Levee Road for eight miles. There are two routes to the park from I-10. 1) Take Exit 115 to Henderson, heading south on Highway 352; the park will be about 19 miles down the road, on the right. 2) Take Exit 121 to Butte LaRose, following LA 3177 to Butte LaRose, then turning west into Highway 193 (Herman Dubuis Road), then south onto Levee Road, Highway 352. The park will be about 16 miles down the road, on the right. Please note that on the second route there is a pontoon bridge, just before the levee, that has a height restriction of 9.5 feet. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakefaus.aspx or call 337-229-4764 or 888-677-7200.