By Chase Berenson
The hot summer weather means it’s the perfect time to head to the beach to cool off, and, luckily, Baton Rouge residents don’t have to travel far to find some sun and sand.
Two hours southwest of the capital city is Cypremort Point State Park, one of only three Gulf Coast beach areas in the state accessible by car. Cypremort Point is a little outcrop of land in Vermilion Bay that packs tons of fun into a small space.
Most visitors are attracted to the state park by the sandy beach and the opportunity to play in the sun. The park features a half-mile beach, but because the crowds stay relatively small the beach does not feel crowded.
Just above the sand line are pavilions with picnic tables and barbecue grills, so there’s no need to worry about finding shade or even about where to cook for lunch. The beach is a bit narrow, making it difficult to fit it a game of football on the sand, but just beyond the beach is an expansive grassy area that is perfect for playing games and getting active.
If your idea of “beach activity” also includes catching dinner, you are in luck. The park features a 100-foot fishing pier out over the bay in addition to plenty of room to cast from shore. The northern end of the park, where Shark Bayou meets Vermilion Bay, is also a prime crabbing location, and chicken on a rope can net you a delicious dinner.
Cypremort also has options for easily getting out on the water. A portion of the park’s beach is designated as a sand boat launch specifically for launching non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, sunfins, and small sailboats.
To the north side of the park is a federal wetlands protection area, and small non-motorized vessels are great for exploring the wetland waterways. There is also a public boat launch just outside the park boundaries for boaters with the need for speed (or at least motorized vessels), and the launch accesses all of Vermilion Bay and puts boats within easy striking distances of the Gulf of Mexico.
Cypremort is one of the only Louisiana State Parks without a campground, but overnight visitors will not be turned away. The park features six cabins for rent just off the beach.
The cabins are fully stocked with anything a visitor would need, including elevated decks for relaxing and watching sunset. The cabins also have a designated pier for motorized vessels, and overnight visitors are the only guests allowed to bring motorized boats into the park.
For either a quick day-trip getaway or a weekend excursion, Cypremort Point is a destination to consider. Or, for a taste of the beach life without even leaving Baton Rouge, “like” the Cypremort Point State Park Facebook page to see a picture of a beautiful sunset posted without fail every evening.