October 22-28, 2009 – The view past the flower bed shows the row containing sites starting with #5 on the right and #60 on the left. The dump station is to the left and I always appreciate when it’s set up with easy access so you’re able to dump from either side, coming in or out of the campground.
Looking down the road that starts with Site #78 on the left.
Here I am on the right in Site #82, a pull through in what’s designated as the “New Campground.” This site had 30 amps and water, but no sewer. The only problem I had with this site is that the front yard filled up with water during the rain that came down during a couple of the days I was there. Sites 73, 74, 75 and 76 all have sewer hookups.
Sites 99-143 comprise what’s called the Old Campground. However, all of these sites now have 50 amps, whereas it’s still in the works getting that upgrade at the New Campground. I spoke with Frank Jones, Recreation Area Manager, and he said most groups prefer this area because they can be closer together, the ground sits higher up and is more open, affording better satellite TV reception. There’s a second dump in this area, also.
After exploring around a bit, I think this row from Sites 4-22 would be my preference. All are large pull-throughs and the “front yard” side faces the woods. Here you see Site #16, with Site #12 ahead with a smoky campfire. In talking with one of the ladies at the office, she said #8 seems to be the favorite for reservations.
This might be #8, but I’m not sure since it’s in the shadows, but what a nice, large, private pull-through, huh?
The restrooms were really clean and maintained, always a great sign.
Senior and Access pass holders get discount here – Louisiana is one of the state parks that honor the National Park Service’s passes.
While at the visitor’s center, it was interesting to see the pictures of the campground following Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Gustav. Large parts of the park were covered with 4′ of water with lots of huge, downed trees. I talked with LeRoy and Jessie, camp hosts here for the last four seasons. They say they love the park because of the natural beauty and the friendly people and rangers. They didn’t have it with them, but they have a picture of an alligator floating by an RV site following Katrina! However, it was also the first affected park that was back online and while there is still evidence of the damage, particularly on the nature trail, I was amazed at how resilient we can be in the face of such destruction.
Free wi-fi is available throughout the campground. Even though my Verizon aircard worked fine, I checked out their system and could get online easily that way, also.
Malia’s 2 Cents: Since I had been in a crowded and noisy RV park for so long in the midst of downtown Austin at that point, the dark and quiet nights were particularly welcome to me. I was reminded again of the things I really love about RVing – nature trails, friendly RVers and helpful rangers.
RVParkReviews.com – What other campers have to say about camping at Fontainebleau.
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Take a walk on the Alligator Marsh Boardwalk