19501 Pleasant Road
Abbeville, LA 70510


Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 7 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 7 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees
  • $3 a person
  • Free for seniors (62 & older)
  • Free for children (3 & under)



Online Reservations

Palmetto Island State Park sign

Located on the Vermilion River, Palmetto Island State Park offers a real south Louisiana outdoors experience. A boat launch provides access to the river for fishing and boating, while the interior lagoons allow canoers and kayakers an up-close look at the native plant and animal life. ↓ show more

Overnight guests can stay in one of six vacation cabins, each sleeping up to 8 people comfortably. The cabins, nestled among the trees and foliage, are outfitted with a full kitchen and bathroom, fireplaces for those chilly winter evenings and a screened-in porch for listening to the crickets and frogs sing out their evening melodies. 96 campsites are available for RV camping (20 sites include an extra tent camping pad), for those who like to get a little closer to nature.

The visitor center complex will definitely be a "must do" for the day-use visitor, with a water playground and bathhouse. A multi-purpose room can be rented for meetings, family gatherings, weddings and many other events.The ever-present palmetto plants, for which the park is named, are echoed in many of the architectural elements around the park; so pack a picnic and have a scavenger hunt for them all! ↑ show less

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Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Cabins: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)

Deluxe Cabins
(map of cabins 1-6)
$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
6 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper
Pavilions$50/day4 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people, each.
*Units are equipped with grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room$100/day plus taxCapacity is 50 people for Conference and Theatre set-up

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

(map of sites 1-24, 74)  (map of sites 25-73, 75)  (map of Primitive Campsite)

96 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Primitive Campground (30 person max capacity)$35 per night plus tax
Backcountry Campsites (walk-in only)$9/night per person plus tax
Golden Age & Golden Access Passports (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

State Park Operated Rentals

Golf Carts - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available

Rental Boats

Canoes$7 per hour or
$25 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates


Trails at Palmetto Island State Park
  • Cypress Trail -- 0.7-mile nature trail

Other Attractions:

Water Playground - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays, April 1 through October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.


A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

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