This is a great spot that is way off the beaten path! Rutherford Beach was awesome. There is a dumpster there and a port o potty, but no hookups. The sand was hard packed so we were able to pull our 31' Class A onto the sand with no issues. The cell service is great and we had an awesome time. It is in the middle of nowhere though so plan accordingly and stock up before you arrive!
I pulled in late last night and there’s actually a property manager on site, so I was able to get a space. A very friendly man met me at the desk, got me checked in quickly and easily and I was settling into my camp space about 15 minutes later. Full hookups, WiFi, continental breakfast, pool and more. Plus conveniently located close to shopping and a Walmart.
If you like Louisiana Wildlife this is the place for you! I saw a couple of lounging alligators, egrets, snapping turtles, deer, and a chipmunk!!! I was kind of scared when I saw a sign on the trails warning of the gators! As far as RV camping, it wasn't a really nice area. The site we were in was 56, I don't reccomend it. Pretty unlevel and very close to other campers. When it rained, the water pooled on the backside and where the picnic table was. There was a shower house. It was old, but really clean.
Affordable and safe
We stopped here on our way to Florida. Pulled our 38 foot fifth wheel right onto the sand and spent just one night. Woke up to the most beautiful views just 50 feet from our camper. We were the only campers on the beach in December. The weather was in the 60s and sunny. We will be back when we can spend longer!
Tips: Be careful you don't get stuck in the sand! Check before you pull out on the sand to avoid getting stuck. Also bring mosquito spray!
This park is old and needs some work, but we enjoyed the stay. We were there mid-February 2019 and stayed for a week. It rained almost the entire time we were there so didn’t get to explore as much as we would have liked. However, one day we were able to walk the trail beside the river which was very nice and well-maintained. The campground is small and for the weekend it was full. During the week there were very few campers. We were in spot #53 and I would highly recommend that spot. We only had one neighbor to one side, and it felt a bit more isolated than the others. When things are full on the weekends, it can seem a bit crowded with spots being close together. It never felt like to cramped for us because we had (IMO) one of the best spots in the campground. Some spots have full hook-up, while others are electricity and water only. Ours was electricity and water only. The dump station is nearby and if you need to dump with a tote you could easily do so. Most of the campground is not level, but nothing bad enough that you can’t get level with blocks. There is a very nice laundry room that is free. That was a great perk. There are 3 washers and 3 dryers. Several of the units seemed brand new. We took advantage of that and did some laundry during our stay. Like I said, it rained the entire time, so the site was muddy, but not as bad as we thought it would get. Internet access was good. We had 3-4 bars of AT&T and Verizon. Lake Charles and Sulphur are not far away and have anything you need while visiting. The park has some nice scenery and the trail provided some good wildlife. The main things they need to do to improve it would be fix some of the roads/camping spots that have significant potholes. Also, the camping spots could benefit from some grading to make them a bit more level. It is my understanding that the park has made vast improvements recently and it shows. Give it a bit more time and it will be a great place to stay. Overall, we would probably camp there again. Cost is $20/night during the week and $28/night on the weekend. These price are for off-peak season.
This campground is one of the few full hookup campgrounds in the Lake Charles area that has paved sites. It is clean and well maintained. There are two bathrooms with showers that have keypad access. The laundry room is clean but expensive with small washers. Cable is available at all sites as well as WiFi. No other amenities.
Typical state park campground area to suite campers/rv's & tents. Must reserve sites for 2-day minimums or more on weekends. Many of the campsites are shaded. They have bath houses w/ showers and flush toilets. Since it is close to Lake Charles, LA and other towns, this park does get used by both locals and others. SHJSP is surrounded by water on 2 or 3 sides, and has low water areas within the park. Thus, it is a popular place to go for fishing, canoeing, kayaking. The birding is very good here most times of the year, and there is deer that live on state park property here. Mosquitos can be really rough here certain times of the year. Hiking trails are ok here, but nothing awesome, except a couple boardwalks & viewing platforms are nice.
Nice small parish park with bathroom/shower bldg., some campsites, & reasonable fees. All is kept very clean. Not a big tent camping area though. Great location along Bayou Lacassine, with free public access boat ramp. Very scenic area with cypress trees. No hiking trails here, but great for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, birding.