POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:49pm
Louisiana (NBC33) — The Office of State Parks will open swimming pools for the Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28. The pools will close on May 31 but will reopen in most parks, Saturday, June 4, and remain open through the summer.
State parks with swimming pools available for day use are: Chicot in Ville Platte, Lake Bistineau near Doyline, Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville, North Toledo Bend in Zwolle and St. Bernard in Braithwaite. Bayou Segnette in Westwego has a wave pool for patrons. Certified lifeguards are on site during pool hours to monitor swimmers.
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 and Tickfaw in Springfield have water playground facilities for children. The playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 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 Bistineau near Doyline, 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. Standard day-use admission of $1 per person provides beach access.
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, fees charged and pool schedule exceptions at each state park are as follows:
Bayou Segnette State Park: Wave pool open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $10/adult, $8/child (under 4 ft.)
Lake Bistineau State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
Lake D’Arbonne State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
North Toledo Bend State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
St. Bernard State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $2/person pool fee
The swimming pool at Chemin-A-Haut near Bastrop will not open for the Memorial Day weekend due to ongoing repairs. The pool is expected to be ready for public use beginning on June 4. The swimming pool at Chicot near Ville Platte will not open until mid to late June, due to equipment repairs. Day-use swimming pools at state parks will operate five or six days per week through the beginning of August when a revised schedule will be announced. Pool hours and days of operation are subject to change so all pool users should call the park prior to arrival. For more information on Louisiana’s State Parks, visit www.LaStateParks.com .