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Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer State Park is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, as well as, marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Use of this land was first recorded in history in the late 1700’s. Buccaneer Jean Lafitte and his followers were active in smuggling and pirating along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The French Buccaneer, Lafitte, inhabited the old Pirate House located a short distance from what is now the park. The park site, also known as Jackson’s Ridge, was used as a base of military operations by Andrew Jackson. This was during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson later returned to this area and built a house on land that is now Buccaneer State Park.
PIRATE’S ALLEY NATURE TRAIL
This Nature Area was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly 8,000 trees were lost due to wind and tidal surge. Four years of new growth has changed the look but still provide an opportunity for visitors to see nature in its most natural setting. This 1.8 mile self-guided trail encompasses many species of Oaks, Sweet Bay Magnolias and a variety of indigenous plants of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A pier and gazebo also extend over Mud Bayou’s canal where visitors may spot some Brown Pelicans, Egrets or feeding Blue Crabs.
Numerous changes within the campground have taken place since the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Today, the park has 206 premium campsites with full amenities including sewer. Advance reservations are recommended. In addition to the premium sites, Buccaneer has an additional 70 campsites that are set on a grassy field overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. These sites were redesigned after the storm for easier parking and convenience for the visitor. These Gulf view sites only offer water and electricity, are open on a limited basis, and are only available through the park office by walk-in only. A central dumping station and restrooms are located nearby. For more information about availability contact the park office at (228) 467-3822.
Twenty-five primitive campsites are nestled in the back of the Royal Cay camp area. A shell road will take you deep into a wooded area near Grand Bayou. These sites are completely primitive with no services. Restroom facilities are available and are located within 100 yards of the primitive camping area.
Three newly designed bathhouses have been built to replace the original bathhouses leveled by Hurricane Katrina. The bathhouses have hot showers, are ADA accessible and are conveniently located throughout Buccaneer’s campground.
Pavilion 3 is located on the main park across from Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. This covered pavilion has ADA accessible restrooms, 8 picnic tables and is large enough to seat about 75 people. Pavilion #3 would make an ideal location for family reunion, company outing or any outdoor function. The #1 pavilion is located in the park’s Day Use Area and offers the same features as Pavilion 3. Pavilion 2, an ideal spot for birthday parties, is a stand-alone shelter located inside beautiful Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. Outside food and beverage is not permitted at this pavilion. Food may be purchased at the Sea Dog Galley food court, located next to the wave pool.
RECREATION CENTER, CAMPSTORE, ACTIVITY POOL
A seasonal campstore is also available with camping supplies, as well as, convenience store items, ice, souvenirs and wearing apparel. An activities center within the complex is also seasonal and provides activities for the kids. These include video games and pool tables, as well as, ping pong and foosball. The activity pool is open seasonally. Contact the park office for hours of operation and prices. Restrooms and a laundry room is within the complex.
JACKSON’S RIDGE DISC GOLF COURSE
This Par 3, 18-Hole disc golf course was designed though the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s beautiful natural setting. The course has tight and open fairways, as well as, natural obstacles and holes that come into play along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. This 6359 ft course is challenging to the avid disc golfer, yet also fun even for the most inexperienced player. There is no charge to play, however the normal park entrance fee is required.
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is a 4.5 acre waterpark called Buccaneer Bay! This seasonal waterpark is open daily 10-6, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The main attraction inside the waterpark is Pirate’s Lagoon Wave Pool. This is Mississippi’s first wave pool. It was built in 1980. The 460,000 gallon pool can create eight unique wave patterns, including a 6 foot deep water swell, as well as, a 4 foot surfing crest. Grab a inner tube and ride the waves or also relax in the intermittent calm waters. Buccaneer Bay is splashing good fun for the entire family.
PIRATE’S PLUNGE WATER SLIDE
This double waterslide takes you over 700 feet of twisting and turning excitement before splashing into the cool waters below. Each flume, one completely enclosed, provides its own unique set of twist, as well as, turns and drops, that are unique and fun for all ages. Children must be 42’s tall to ride Pirate’s Plunge.
LIL’S SMUGGLER’S COVE
This zero depth pool is ADA accessable and is also designed for small children just learning about the water. Pirate Flags with tipping buckets create a splashing good time for everyone.
SEA DOG GALLEY CONCESSIONS
Sea Dog is a full service concession stand. They provide, hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as, pizza, pretzels and grilled chicken sandwiches. BBQ, as well as, nachos and a variety of other great treats are also available and will feed any appetite. Food court tables and chairs, as well as, umbrellas are also available for shady and cool dining.
DIRECTIONS TO PARK
From I-10 (EAST) – Alabama Take MS-43/MS-603 EXIT 13, towards Bay St. Louis/Picayune. Turn LEFT onto MS-603 S, drive SOUTH 5 miles. Cross over US-90 onto Nicholson Avenue. Drive South over railroad, continue 1000 Ft to Beach Boulevard. Turn RIGHT onto Beach Boulevard. Drive 3.8 miles, turn RIGHT welcome to Buccaneer State Park.
From I-10 (WEST) – Louisiana Take MS-607 S, EXIT 2, toward NASA/JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER/WAVELAND. Keep RIGHT onto MS-607 S. MS-607 S becomes US-90 E. Drive 8.4 miles, Turn RIGHT onto Lakeshore Road / Silver Slipper Casino Sign. Drive South 4 miles, Turn LEFT onto Beach Boulevard, Drive 1.5 miles, turn LEFT welcome to Buccaneer State Park.
PARK HOURS & FEES
1150 S. Beach Blvd
Waveland, MS 39576
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