Louisiana State Parks to reopen Friday for in-state visitors

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announces the reopening of 18 of the state’s historical sites, and 18 of the 21 state parks this Friday.  Nungesser says state parks have lots of cancellations, so there has never been a better time for locals to enjoy what state parks have to offer.

“We are going to cancel all of the out-of-state bookings through phase one, however long that may last.  The parks will only be able to be enjoyed by Louisiana residents,” said Nungesser.

Nungesser says state parks are incentivizing residents to staycation and check out all the trails, the fishing, and more.

“We’re going to offer a little lagniappe.  If you book three nights at a state park campsite or a cabin, you’ll get the fourth night free.  You can go to LouisianaStatePark.com and the promo code is ‘Welcome Back’ to get that fourth night free,” said Nungesser.

State parks will begin taking reservations Friday.  Three state parks, Chico State Park, Lake Bistineau State Park, Bayou Segnette State Park, will remain closed as they are quarantining COVID-19 positive patients.

Nungesser says the park rangers and attendants will be on the job as visitors come to the parks.

“We will also be there if we see large gatherings to make sure that we do this in a safe and proper manner, so we can get moving through these phases as quickly as possible and welcome tourists back to Louisiana,” said Nungesser.

On Saturday, the state’s nine museums will also reopen at 25% capacity.  Welcome centers will reopen in phase two.