Fontainebleau State Park is a beautiful, 2800 acre park located in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Set against the north short of Lake Pontchartrain, the park has a little known secret that I’d like to let you in on. In 1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps built an incredible lodge within the park. sleeps 10 people… and here’s the secret: you can actually stay there.
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The Lodge is located in a secluded area on the north end of the park. The decades-old lodge looks like it should be up perched somewhere high in the mountains, as the fireplace and woodwork immediately set a nostalgic, alpine tone. To the right, you’ll find two bunk beds, and to the left, you have one room with a full size, and a third room with a full size and another bunk. To our surprise, there were two bathrooms with showers, which will come in handy if you stay there with a larger group.
The kitchen was well equipped to cook meals, and the commercial gas stove was a joy to use. We also had more than enough linens for the two nights we stayed there and it wasn’t too expensive.
Overall, our stay at the lodge was enjoyable and we would definitely return if we’re ever in the area. If you’re thinking about a trip to southern Louisiana, a few nights at the Fontainebleau State Park Lodge would be time well spent.