It's been hot for weeks and weeks now, but now the Office of State Parks says they will open swimming pools for the Memorial Day weekend.  The schedule will run through the following Monday, May 28th, but then close on Tuesday and Wednesday for required work on the pools.  After maintenance they will resume regular schedules through the summer.

Where can you find a great place to swim on a daily basis?  You have plenty of choices. State parks with swimming pools available for day use are:

  • Chicot in Ville Platte
  • Chemin-A-Haut near Bastrop
  • Lake Bistineau near Doyline
  • Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville
  • North Toledo Bend in Zwolle
  • St. Bernard in Braithwaite.
  • Bayou Segnette in Westwego has a wave pool

Certified lifeguards are there to watch for any problems with swimmers.  They work during official pool hours only.  There are several Louisiana State Park locations that water playground facilities for the little people in your group. The playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and available to overnight and day-use visitors.

  • Bogue Chitto in Franklinton
  • Fontainebleau in Mandeville
  • Lake Bruin in St. Joseph
  • Lake Fausse Pointe near St. Martinville
  • Palmetto Island near Abbeville
  • Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi
  • Tickfaw in Springfield

Would you rather hit the beach this summer instead?  There are plenty of public areas where you can go.  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 Bistineau near Doyline
  • Lake Bruin in St. Joseph
  • Lake Claiborne in Homer
  • Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi
  • South Toledo Bend near Anacoco.

Beaches are open every single day of the summer, there is no lifeguard supervision.  If will only cost you one dollar a day per person to access to the beach of your choice.

Visitors need to check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change. Pool hours of operation, fees charged and pool schedule exceptions at each state park are as follows:

Bayou Segnette State Park: Wave pool opens May 25; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $10/adult, $8/child (under 4 ft.) pool fee

Chemin-A-Haut State Park: Pool opens May 26; hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

Chicot State Park: Pool opens May 26; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee.  After June 11, pool will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Lake Bistineau State Park: Pool opens May 25; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

Lake D’Arbonne State Park: Pool opens May 25; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

North Toledo Bend State Park: Pool opens May 25; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

St. Bernard State Park: Pool opens May 26; hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $2/person pool fee

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