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Buccaneer State Park

1150 South Beach Boulevard
Waveland, MS 39576
(228) 467-3822
buccaneer@mdwfp.state.ms.us

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark

Watch the Wave Pool in action!



On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating storm in the history of the United States, came ashore. Winds of over 160 MPH and a tidal surge of nearly 30 feet completely destroyed all of Buccaneer State Park's structures, waterpark and support facilities. The park has been under varying stages of reconstruction over the last eight years. The final phase of reconstruction was completed in November of 2013. Today, Buccaneer has been beautifully restored. Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Use of this land was first recorded in history in the late 1700's 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 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 during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson later returned to this area and built a house on land that is now Buccaneer State Park.




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Amenities

Directions
Directions to Park

 

Area Attractions
The following area attractions are located within a short drive of Buccaneer State Park. The park staff will be happy to provide information and directions.

 

Annual Events

February
48th Annual Nereids Parade - February 14, 2015
Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015

April
Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi
Jazz Fest - New Orleans Fairgrounds

May
St. Claire Seafood Fest - May 30-31, 2015

July
OLG Crab Festival - July 3th, 4th & 5th, 2015
 
October
Cruisin' the Coast 2015

 

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Attractions 

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Brochure
This 4.5 acre waterpark overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.  The park is open daily throughout the summer season from 10am-6pm through Labor Day (see pamphlet).  This Wave Pool can generate up to eight different wave patterns.  Simulated deep ocean swales, body surfing and beach crashing waves are just a few. Grab an innertube and ride a 6 foot waves in Pirate's Lagoon wave pool. speed down one of two giant waterslides, play with the little ones in Lil' Smuggler's Cove kiddie pool, or just relax by the pools in a lounge chair. It's a great way to spend a day at Buccaneer Bay.  It's Splashing good fun for the entire family!  Season Passes are available.  Waterpark attractions include: 

  • Pirate's Plank (375 ft. completely enclosed waterslide)
  • Pirate's Plunge (425 ft, twisting and turning body slide)
  • Lil' Smuggler's Cove (water playground with bubbler and tipping buckets)
  • Pirate's Lagoon Wave Pool, 460,000 gallon, 17,400 sq ft surf pool
  • Sea Dog Galley (concessions & food court, lots of shade to enjoy a snack)
  • Pizza, Burgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, BBQ, get a souvenir mug
  • Treasure Island (10,000 sq foot sun deck and lounge area)
  • Castaway Cove (campground activity pool)
     

Developed Camping
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. 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. A central dumping station and restrooms are located nearby. For more information about availability contact the park office at (228) 467-3822

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Jeanne Lafitte / Sites 1 thru 25
Barataria Bay / 26 - 47
Long John Silver /  48 - 68
Pirates Cove / 69 - 93
Blackbeard /  94 - 104
These unique individual loops offer premium camping, all with water, electrical 30/50 amp service, sewer hook-up, picnic table, and barbecue grill. Two newly-built handicap accessible bathhouses with hot showers are centrally located within or nearby each loop.
Treasure Cove /  105 - 149
Treasure Cove campground is the most secluded section of the park and consists of 45 premium campsites with water, electrical 30/50 amp, sewer hook-up, picnic table, barbecue grill and fire pit. A handicap accessible bathhouse with hot showers is centrally located within this loop. The camping section also contains (4) double sites, they are; sites 122-123, 130-131, 135-136 and 147-148.  One half of the double-sites are only available through the park office.  Treasure Cove is a very popular camping section and reservations are highly recommended.

Royal Cay /  150 - 206 
Royal Cay campground is located near the rear of the park and consist of 57 premium campsites with water, electrical 30/50 amp and sewer hook-up. The sites in this loop have limestone pads. This loop does not contain picnic tables, barbecue grills or fire pits, however, guests are welcome to bring their own tables or grills. Campfires are permitted in this area but must be contained and may not be left unattended.    

Gulf View /  207 - 276 
Overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico are 70 campsites with water and electrical 30/50 amp services. These sites are available by walk-in only through the park office. The sites are set on a grassy field and do not have picnic tables, grill, fire pits or sewer hookups, however a dump station is located just a short distance away. Awake to a spectacular sunrise or sunset with great gulf fishing right at your door step. Campfires are allowed however they must be contained and may not be left unattended.

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Primitive Camping
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.
Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities (coin-operated) are located inside the activities building. 

Bathhouses
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. 

Pavilions
Pavilion #3 is located on the main park across form 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. Pavilion #1 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. 

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Recreation Center  /  Campstore /  Activity Pool
A seasonal campstore is available with camping supplies, convenience store items, ice, souvenirs and wearing apparel. An activities center within the complex is also seasonal and provides activities for the kids, including video games, pool tables, ping pong and foosh-ball. The activity pool is open Wednesday through Sunday.  Contact the park office for hours of operation and prices.   Laundry facilities are located within the activity building complex.  

Jackson's Ridge Disc Golf
This Par 3, 18-Hole disc golf course designed though the Mississippi Gulf Coast's beautiful natural setting. The course has tight and open fairways, natural obstacles and holes that come into play along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. This 6359 feet course will challenge the avid disc golfer, but is designed for even for the most inexperienced player. There is no charge to play, however the normal park entrance fee is required.

Disc Golf

Pirate's Alley Nature Trail
Over 17,000 trees and varying vegetation were destroyed due to the high winds and tidal surge of Hurricane Katrina. Now, nearly eight years of new growth has changed the landscape of the trail, but still provides an excellent opportunity for guest to see nature in its most natural setting. This 1.8 mile, self-guided trail, encompasses many species of Oaks, Magnolia, Pines and a variety of indigenous plants and animals of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A pier with a gazebo extends over Mud Bayou's canal. Here, visitors may spot lots unique coastal wildlife including, Brown and White Pelicans, Egrets, Osprey or feeding Blue Crabs. 

Day Use - Picnic area             
Set under majestic Oaks, just off of Beach Boulevard and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Known as Jackson's Ridge, this 76 acre picnic area includes 40 picnic tables, barbeque grills, a playground, and a large covered picnic pavilion with ADA accessible restrooms.  This picnic area is open daily from 8am to 7pm. 

Playground
A large playground is available. It is designed to accommodate kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This playground is located by Pavilion 3 and includes a rock climber, 3 different swings sets, monkey-bars, multiple slides, merry-go-round, fireman's pole, and a new sphere challenge climber.

Playground

GPS coordinates
The park entrance is located 1150 South Beach Boulevard. Some GPS systems will direct traffic to South Street.  This is not point of entry into Buccaneer State Park.  Please use caution when following these GPS coordinates.

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