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Buccaneer State Park, MS

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Buccaneer State Park is located on the western Mississippi gulf coast in Waveland. Completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi has done a great job of rebuilding the park, including the large campground and the day-use waterpark area.

Date of visit: Jan 2016

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Approaching the campground gatehouse one sees how things have rebuilt in an attempt to make them more storm resistant.

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  A few weeks before our arrival we had reserved site 11, but finding it quite shaded in this cooler weather we were able to move to south-facing site 8. Puddy-Tat was very thankful as she loves to lounge on the dashboard in the sun.

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We'll start our little picture tour of the campground in our loop, the Jean Lafitte loop. Shown here are sites 1-9.

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  Jean Lafitte sites 13-17 are at the end of the loop.

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Jean Lafitte sites 17-20. The majority of sites in the park seem to have quite a downhill pitch toward the road, so some leveling is in order. We saw some rigs with their front wheels several inches off the ground. I guess the advantage of this is that rain water pools in the road and not in the campsite.

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Moving on to the Barataria Bay loop we find sites 26-33.

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Baritaria sites 39-47.

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Over in the Pirate's Cove loop are sites 69-77.

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Pirate's Cove sites 84-93.

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Up at the north of the park is the Royal Cay loop. Sites here are not paved and much closer together, but as with the rest of the campground all sites are full-hookup sites. These are sites 180-198.

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Royal Cay sites 150-176.

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Off to one side of the Royal Cay loop is a primitive camping area with about 25 sites. No hookups here and it's a pretty good hike to the nearest bathhouse.

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The Blackbeard loop is a small loop with 11 sites, 94-104.

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Tucked away in a slightly more wooded area is the Treasure Cove loop with 43 sites. Here are 146 and 149.

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Treasure Cove sites 110-115.

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A couple of sites in the Treasure Cove loop actually have a bit of a view of the bayou. This is site 126.

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Next is the Long John Silver loop with 21 sites. These are 50-58.

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Long John Silver sites 59-67.

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If you really want a waterview, the place to be is the Port and Dock area down by the shoreline. 70 sites here offer water and electric hookups, but no sewer connection. They are also more expensive and are first-come/first-served only.

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Site 249 has the only tree in the entire Port and Dock area, so is probably the first to be claimed. When we first arrived, this was the only rig in that entire area.

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I've never run into sewer connections quite like these. Makes it bit hard to keep your line with a downhill pitch all the way.

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There are three of these modern bathhouses in the campground. Each is heated and offers free hot showers. We did note that the showers could use a good disinfecting.

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This is the Activities building, which houses a camp store, a recreation room and laundry facilities. The store and rec room were closed at the time of our visit.

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Next to the Activities building is a large wading pool for the kids.

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Near the entrance to the park is the day-use area with its large water-park, including a water-slide.

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There is also a large wave-pool.

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Just a short walk from the campground is a large play area for the young ones. There is also a disc golf course and a nature trail. We wanted to walk the trail, but found it too wet after some recent heavy rains.

Amenities

206 FHU (W/E(50/30/20)/S - $20-$24

70 W/E(50/30/20) - $35

25 tent - $13

Raised BBQ grills, tables

Showers, dump station

Phone: 228-467-3822

Reservations

Entrance Coordinates: 30.260668N, 89.405339 W

The park entrance is located at 1150 South Beach Boulevard. Some GPS systems will direct traffic to South Street, which is not the point of entry into the park.

Elevation: 10'

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