“Rebuilt and Standing Strong!”
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating storm in the history of the United States, came ashore. Winds of over 140 MPH and a tidal surge of nearly 30 feet completely destroyed all of Buccaneer State Park's structures, waterpark and support facilities. The park has been under complete and varying stages of reconstruction over the last seven years, and is being beautifully restored. Phases I and II of construction are complete. Phase III of construction is currently underway, and is scheduled to be completed by early spring 2013. Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Use of this land was first recorded in history in the late 1700's when Jean Lafitte and his followers were active in smuggling and pirating along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The French Buccaneer, Lafitte, inhabited the old Pirate House located a short distance from what is now the park. The park site, also known as Jackson's Ridge, was used as a base of military operations by Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson later returned to this area and built a house on land that is now Buccaneer State Park.
We were traveling to New Orleans tent camping and decides to stay here because it got great reviews and was close to the city. This site is probably best for RV campers. The staff was really nice when we called, allowed us to arrive late and pay the next morning. The showers were fine and plenty of them. Lots of amenities near the RV sites, but the primitive camping was more primitive than I expected and the RV sites were crowded and close together. You couldn't feasibly walk to the bathhouse from the tent camping sites and there was no fire ring. Overall the location is great if you want beach or casino or New Orleans access but be advised primitive tent camping is primitive.
Wonderful park for Camping! We camped with my 3 children and loved it. Clean and peaceful. The nearby "beaches"; however, were not as impressive. Also, you have to pay $6 for adults and $4 for kids at the pool in the park. Camping, yes... much else, not so much...
Wonderful park. This is our second stay - but, first time on the water. So close to the charming town of Bay St, Louis.
Love going to this park every year for July 4th! Great location and very friendly fellow campers. State park does a great job of making sure people stay safe and don't get too loud and obnoxious after 10pm. Golf carts welcome which is nice!
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