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Fountainbleau State Park, LA

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Fountainbleau SP is located on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain in the city of Mandeville, LA. It's a large park with 143 campsites, cabins and a large day-use area with a beach. It is also situated at about the halfway point along the 31-mile Tammany Trace Trail.

Tel: 985-624-4443

Date of Visit: Mar 2016

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We had made a reservation a week or two before our expected arrival and had selected site 5 based on its position at the end of the row with no neighbor on our door side.

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Sites 2-3 are among the many pull-through sites.

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Sies 6, 7, 9 and 11 are back-in sites.

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Sites 22 and 24. 22 is the large open site in the foreground.

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Site 7.

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Sites 25, 26 and 28 are a bit more shaded.

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Site 36 is one of the primitive sites in the upper loop of the campground.

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Sites 45 (l) and 44 (r) are also without hookups.

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Sites 50 and 51 are fairly long back-in sites.

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Sites 62-68.

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Sites 70, 71 and 73.

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Sites 53-60.

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On the left are sites 83 and 84, with 82 and 85 on the right.

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Moving over into the "Old" campground, we come across sites 99, 100, 102 and 103.

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This campground was obviously built back when RV's were a lot smaller than they are now. The pull-throughs, such as sites 120-122 shown here, are much shorter.

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Sites 138, 140 and 142.

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On the right are sites 139, 141 and 132 beyond the little trailer. 132 is a pull-through.

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Sites 130 and 129.

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Sites 109-106.

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There is another loop of primitive sites in the lowest part of the campground, which is susceptible to flooding. This is site 87.

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This loop also has some pull-through sites, such as 90.

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There are two modern bathhouses as well an older one. They all provide free hot showers and the two newer ones also have laundry facilities. However, of the two washers and two dryers in this one, only one washer was working.

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If you want the ultimate in comfort while staying at Fountainbleau SP, you might consider one of the twelve cabins. Built on pilings in the lake, they face to the southwest, affording beautiful sunset views as you relax in the screened porch.

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In the "old" campground is a nice playground area for the kids.

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Families will enjoy the beach at the day-use area. It's about 3/4 of a miile from the campground.

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The kids will also the splash pad near the beach.

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There is a large beach bathhouse.

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There are also covered picnic pavilions as well as a large grassy area in a grove of trees with many picnic tables and grills.

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Near the campground are the remains of a sugar mill that operated here in the mid-1860's.

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A walk of about a mile will take you to a marsh along Lake Ponchartrain. There was once a boardwalk out into the marsh, but it was destroyed by Hurricane Isaac in August 2012. Remnants of the pilings remain.

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Most of the trail leading out to the marsh is fairly dry, but there are some soggy spots here and there. A few planks help you to avoid the worst of the muck.

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The park is a great place for bicyclists, as it lies along the Tammany Trace Trail, a 31-mile paved trail that runs from Covington to Slidell.

Amenities

23 Premium sites: W/E(20/30/50A) (4 w/ sewer) - $20 Oct-Mar; $28 Apr-Sept

103 sites W/E(20/30/50A) - $18 Oct-Mar; $22 Apr-Sept

37 unimproved sites - $14

Dump station, showers, laundry

Free Wi-fi

Verizon 4G coverage

Coordinates: 30.339901 N, 90.038269 W

Elevation: 6'

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