Perched at the northeastern edge of Vermilion Bay, Cypremort Point State Park offers a convenient view of beach-associated bird life. Indeed, the vegetation here is represented by a small tract of brackish marsh and a colony of wax myrtle adjacent to the overnight cabins.
Entrance is $2 per person
Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under)
Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here
Laughing Gulls and Boat-tailed Grackles are year round residents here, and have become so tame that they serve as the park’s mascots, if not escorts. During spring and summer these two species are dressed in all of their nuptial finery, presenting an attractive sight to all who view them.
While at Cypremort Point State Park, look also for Clapper Rail, Common Yellowthroat, and Savannah Sparrow (fall, winter, spring) around the brackish marsh. Additional seabirds to be on the lookout for include Ring-billed Gull (fall, winter, spring) and Forster’s, Caspian, and possibly Royal terns. During migrational periods, Least and Black terns are likely to make appearances, along with shorebirds such as Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, and Ruddy Turnstone, among others. Be on the lookout also for the introduced semi-aquatic Nutria, as well as Muskrat, and American Alligator.
Best Times and Seasons for Viewing
Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.
Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays. open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and days preceding a holiday.
Access Considerations and Directions
From the intersection of I 10 and US 167/ Exit 103A in Lafayette, go south on US 167/ NW Evangeline Thruway for 1.6 miles to US 90. Continue south on US 90 for 26.8 miles to CR 211/ Darnell Rd. Bear right (south) on CR 211/ Darnell Rd. and follow 1.7 miles. Go left (south) on LA 83/ Weeks Island Rd. for 10.4 miles to LA 319. Turn right (west) on LA 319 and go about 5.4 miles to Cypremort Point State Park Rd. Turn right and follow west 0.4 miles to the park.