Buccaneer State Park
Waveland, MS 39576
P: (228) 467-3822
NOTICE: Beginning August 1, 2023, Buccaneer Bay is only open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) thru Labor Day weekend.
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.
Buccaneer Bay Water Park
Directions & Maps
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.
Stay the Night
Buccaneer State Park has 206 premium campsites with full amenities including sewer. Opening Summer 2022, the Gulf View campsites are now under renovation. New construction is underway replacing the 70 grassy sites, to 44 new concrete pads, 5 pull-throughs with water, sewer, 30-50 AMP electric, large patio area, lighted pedestals with extra parking. For more information and availability contact the park office at (228) 467-3822.
Things to Do
Buccaneer State Park offers Buccaneer Bay, a 4.5 acre waterpark, Pirate's Alley Nature Trail, Playground, Jackson's Ridge Disc Golf, Activity Building, Camp-store and Castaway Cove pool.
Things to Know
Mississippi State Park Fees, Rules and Regulations
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.
- New Orleans French Quarter
- Stennis Space Center / NASA
- Old Town Bay St. Louis
- Beauvoir Jefferson Davis Shrine
- Biloxi Shrimping Trip
- World War II D-Day Museum
- Aquarium of Americas
- French Market
- Blue Tara Organic Blueberry P-Y-O (Poplarville)
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Fishing License Information
- Crosby Arboretum MSU (Picayune)
- Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum (Biloxi)
Annual Events in the Area
48th Annual Nereids Parade
Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday
Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi
Jazz Fest - New Orleans Fairgrounds
St. Claire Seafood Fest
OLG Crab Festival
Cruisin' the Coast