BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana State Parks, along with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, cut the ribbon officially opening a new fishing deck and restored beach at Cypremort Point State Park for public use on Friday, November 5, 2021.
“With staycations being one of the major messages to people in Louisiana, we wanted to make sure our state parks were more appealing to all visitors – both from Louisiana and out of state,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “From new beaches, to renovated cabins and improved camping areas, to great fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking, our staff is working hard to make your Louisiana State Parks places the whole family can enjoy.”
The old wooden Pavilion One Fishing Deck on the south side of Cypremort Point State Park was removed from the site. In its place, Louisiana State Parks built a new concrete deck and fishing area, complete with a fish cleaning station, new lighting, and new built-in fishing rod holders and a kayak launch for those who want to paddle in Vermilion Bay. Visitors will also find new picnic tables, benches, and palm trees throughout the park. The north side now has a new concrete deck and site furnishings to include picnic tables and barbecue grills.
In partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the beach at Cypremort Point State Park, a popular feature for visitors, was restored with 18,000 cubic yards of new, native sand with the use of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funding. The beach was also extended out approximately 100 feet in some areas to provide more space for visitors to enjoy a day on Vermilion Bay. To help prevent erosion at the park, a rock revetment was placed on the northern side of Quintana Canal to reinforce the canal along Beach Lane, which forms the southern edge of Cypremort Point State Park.
“We’re thrilled to see the results of this suite of improvements to Cypremort Point State Park,” said Bren Haase, Executive Director of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). “The Deepwater Horizon settlement dedicated $60 million toward 23 recreations use projects across coastal Louisiana, and we look forward to bringing more education and recreational opportunities to our Sportsman’s Paradise.”
Additionally, finishing touches are underway for a new, 8-foot wide wooden boardwalk meandering more than a quarter of a mile through the swamp on the eastern edge of the park. This new walking trail will allow visitors the opportunity to get out into the marsh to view the native plant life and wildlife. The quiet observer may happen upon nutria, muskrat, deer, alligator, or a number of bird species native to the state. Another improvement to the park is a covered outdoor classroom with benches where visitors can view interpretive programs about the surrounding wetlands, marshes, and their inhabitants.
In the works is a new campground at Cypremort Point State Park. The new campground will have 22 pull-through RV sites and full sewage hookups. The new campground is expected to open in spring 2023. As part of the new campground project, all the roads and parking lots at Cypremort Point State Park will receive a new asphalt top.