A new water feature is available for visitors to St. Bernard State Park this summer with the opening of a water playground. The water playground, which opened in early May, replaces the swimming pool, and will offer dumping buckets, water cannons and jet sprays.
The Office of State Parks is opening swimming pools for the Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 24. Pools will remain open through Monday, May 26, then close on Tuesday and Wednesday for maintenance before resuming regular schedules through the summer.
State parks with swimming pools available for day use are: Chemin-A-Haut near Bastrop, Lake Bistineau near Doyline, Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville and North Toledo Bend in Zwolle. Bayou Segnette in Westwego has a wave pool for patrons. Certified lifeguards are on site during pool hours to monitor swimmers.
In addition to the new water playground at St. Bernard, Bogue Chitto in Franklinton, Chicot in Ville Platte, Fontainebleau in Mandeville, Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Fausse Pointe near St. Martinville, Palmetto Island near Abbeville, Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi and Tickfaw in Springfield have water playground facilities for children. The playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and are available to overnight and day-use visitors.
State parks with designated beach swimming areas include Bogue Chitto in Franklinton, Cypremort Point east of Franklin, Fontainebleau in Mandeville, Grand Isle, Jimmie Davis in Chatham, Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Claiborne in Homer, Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi and South Toledo Bend near Anacoco. All beach areas are open daily, but do not have lifeguard supervision.
Visitors are advised to check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change. Pool hours of operation and pool schedule exceptions at each state park are as follows:
Bayou Segnette State Park: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, $10/adult, $8/child (under 4 ft.) wave pool fee.
Chemin-A-Haut State Park: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
Lake Bistineau State Park:10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
Lake D’Arbonne State Park: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
North Toledo Bend State Park: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
Swimming pools at state parks will operate five to six days per week through the beginning of August, when a revised schedule will be announced.