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Lake Bruin

Lake Bruin is an oxbow lake formed from the Mississippi River in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. Unlike other lakes in this state, Lake Bruin has clear water that is perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, and other water recreation. The state owns part of the lake, which contains the Lake Bruin State Park. Much of the land around the lake is owned privately and is developed with vacation homes and permanent residences.


Lake Bruin is an oxbow lake, so anglers can enjoy just about every depth imaginable for fishing. This lake ranges between shoreline depths of five feet at both ends of the lake, and 50 percent of the lake is 23 feet or more in depth. Some of the best fishing for largemouth bass is in April, May, June, September and October. Look around piers and mats in spring for crappie, and bluegill are best from shallower waters at both ends of the lake.


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    Lake Bruin Louisiana Coordinates:
32.0061N -91.2206W
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Lake Type:
Oxbow Lake
Surface Area:
3,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
23 ft
61 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-5 ft
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Many of the residences around the lake own private docks, piers, and boathouses. A public boat launch is located at Lake Bruin State Park, along with three fishing piers. Most facilities at that park are wheelchair accessible. Other boat ramps are available at Shilo and at Cypress Landing. This lake, which is clear with depths of 23 feet or greater over more than 50 percent of the lake area, provides a great resource for water skiing and pleasure boating.


Lake Bruin State Park is a 53-acre site that provides visitors with three fishing piers, a year-round boat launch, rental boats, a sandy beach, and camping. There are over 30 improved campsites and 12 premium campsites at the campground. All sites have water and electrical hookups, and three of the premium sites are pull-through sites.

Other accommodations are located in and between Newellton and St. Joseph, including private campgrounds, hotels, vacation rentals, and cabins.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Bruin is located in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, and nearby towns include St. Joseph to the south and Newellton to the north. The closest major airport is in Monroe, Louisiana, which is about 80 miles from the heart of Newellton. Another airport option is the Jackson-Evers International Airport, which is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and is about 100 miles from Newellton. Although Lake Bruin is located near the Mississippi River, the nearest bridge to cross from Louisiana into Mississippi is located on I-20 at Vicksburg, about 52 miles north of the lake.

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Avg. Low  35 Avg. Low  40 Avg. Low  47 Avg. Low  54 Avg. Low  63 Avg. Low  70 Avg. Low  73 Avg. Low  72 Avg. Low  65 Avg. Low  54 Avg. Low  45 Avg. Low  38