Lake Bruin is a unique geological formation known as an “oxbow lake” and was at one time a bend in the mighty Mississippi River. Over time, erosion separated these two bodies of water, and today, it’s a unique horseshoe-shaped lake and the home of Lake Bruin State Park in northeast Louisiana.
The park is a go-to destination for excellent fishing, boating, and waterskiing opportunities that are considered a hidden gem. Enjoy everything Lake Bruin State Park has to offer and make a weekend out of it by camping out!
5 Best Campgrounds Near Lake Bruin State Park
Whether you want to stay inside Lake Bruin State Park itself or you prefer to stay nearby, there are several lovely campgrounds to choose from. Something fun and unique to camping here is that you’re right along the Louisiana-Mississippi state line, so you can choose which state you want to sleep in!
Lake Bruin State Park
Amenities: The campground at Lake Bruin State Park is situated close to the lakeshore, and several sites are actually waterfront. All campsites offer water and electricity hookups, plus a picnic table and fire ring. Campers also have access to a bathhouse, fishing piers, and a splash pad during the summer.
Capacity: 48 RV sites
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Amenities: While it’s not inside Lake Bruin State Park, Netterville Landing is the only campground situated directly along the banks of the lake. The spacious, shaded sites here include full hookups, as well as access to fishing and the boat launch ($5 fee). There’s also a small general store and a bar and grill that frequently hosts live music on the weekends.
Capacity: 7 RV sites
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River View RV Park and Resort
Amenities: River View offers campers a variety of sites, including full hookups, primitive (no sewer), back-in only, and on the Mississippi Riverfront. The long list of amenities here includes a pool and hot tub, a playground, Wi-Fi connectivity, 24-hour laundry facilities, a small general store, and even a clubhouse with a fireplace.
One especially unique offering at River View is the shuttle service to Magnolia Bluffs Casino across the river in Mississippi.
Capacity: 150 RV sites
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Ameristar Casino & Hotel
Amenities: About 45 minutes from Lake Bruin State Park in historic Vicksburg, Mississippi, this upscale casino has a ton to offer. Ameristar is pet-friendly and provides campers with full hookups, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a pool, a dog-walking area, and 24-hour security.
Capacity: 67 RV sites
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Quilly’s Magnolia RV Park
Amenities: Also in Vicksburg, MS, Quilly’s makes an ideal basecamp not just for visiting Lake Bruin State Park but many of the area’s other attractions, as well. Sites include full hookups, and campers can enjoy an outdoor pool, Wi-Fi, a playground, a dog park, BBQ areas, and laundry facilities.
Capacity: 50 RV sites
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Things To Do Near Lake Bruin State Park
- Delta Music Museum - Off the beaten path in the nearby tiny town of Ferriday, Louisiana, this museum is a must for music and history lovers alike. The museum showcases music heritage and memorabilia from the Mississippi River Delta Region, spanning from Memphis, Tennessee, down to New Orleans, with special focus on artists Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.
- Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge - Enjoy countless outdoor recreation opportunities in this scenic wildlife refuge, including walking the trails, wildlife watching and photography (the largest numbers of Louisiana black bears live here!), and fishing. This is also a major hunting area, primarily for white-tailed deer.
- Poverty Point World Heritage Site - Considered “one of the most important archaeological sites in North America,” this prehistoric system of carefully-constructed earthen mounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The structures date back to somewhere between 1700 and 1100 B.C.; the mounds were constructed by hand to sit high above the Mississippi River floodplain — as high as 72 feet tall.
- Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins - Step back in time to this working cotton plantation in Ferriday. The 1,800-acre cotton farm and museum date back to 1815, as it served at different points in time as a stop on the Natchez-to-Natchitoches wagon trail and as a Civil War encampment.
- Wild Country Safari Park - For an easy, family-friendly day trip, take the one-hour drive through this safari park. Drive your own vehicle or take a guided tour through the grounds, where you’ll see over 30 species of exotic animals. The park also offers hands-on experiences where visitors can handle and feed some of the animals.
Experience Lake Bruin State Park With Cruise America
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