Buccaneer State Park, Waveland MS
1150 South Beach Blvd
Waveland, MS 39576
RATES: $24 - $45
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 4 pm/Check out at 2 pm.
ACCESS: 7 am - 10 pm.
MAPS: At Entry Gate
SITES: 206 plus 70 sites overlooking Gulf of Mexico
25 Primitive sites
PULL THRUS: Yes
WATERFRONT: 70 sites
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: paved in main campground/grassy sites overlooking Gulf
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
WIFI: Yes but sketchy
SEWER: Yes except those facing the Gulf
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
POOL: Yes seasonal
BOAT RAMP: No
FEATURES: Waterpark and disc golf
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Aquarium of Americas
Biloxi Shrimping Trip
Buccaneer State Park land was recorded in history in the late 1700s when 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 the park. The park site, also known as Jackson's Ridge, was used as a military base by Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson later returned to this area and built a house on land that is now Buccaneer State Park.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 came ashore with winds of over 160 mph and a tidal surge of nearly 30 feet completely destroying all of Buccaneer State Park's structures, waterpark and support facilities. For eight years the park was under reconstruction with the final phase completed in November of 2013. Today Buccaneer is beautiful in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks and the Gulf of Mexico is just across the street.
The waterpark is 4.5 acres and overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. It is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 10 am to 6 pm. The main attraction is the Pirate's Lagoon Wave Pool that can create eight unique wave patterns.
There is also a Par 3, 18-Hole disc golf course designed with natural obstacles and holes that come into play along the gulf.
We camped here for two nights on our trip out west in March 2018. The park is great for bicycling and riding along the coast road. There is also a 1.8 mile nature trail with a pier that extends over Mud Bayou's canal.
DIRECTIONS 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 Blvd
Turn RIGHT onto Beach Blvd and drive 3.8 miles
Turn RIGHT into park.
FROM I-10 (West): Louisiana
Take MS-607 S, Exit 2, toward NASA/John C. Stennis Space Ctr/Waveland
Keep RIGHT onto MS-607 S. NOTE: MS-607 S becomes US-90E
Drive 8.4 miles
Turn RIGHT onto Lakeshore Road (See Silver Slipper Casino Sign)
Drive South 4 miles
Turn LEFT onto Beach Blvd and drive 1.5 miles
Turn LEFT into park.
GPS Info (Latitude, Longitude):
Some GPS systems will direct traffic to South Street. This is not a point of entry into the park. Use caution.