Rutherford Beach

Sandy beach
193 Gulf Dr, Creole, LA 70632, USA
33 miles from Lake Charles, LA
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Bring a repellent – swarms of mosquitoes when it's dark

Signs warn of possible water bacteria, swim at your own risk!

Exceptionally high tides. Don't park near the tide line. 

Located in central Cameron Parish, south of Lake Charles, Rutherford Beach offers stunning views, great fishing, and relaxing experience.


The beach is located at the old mouth of the Mermentau River allowing for shallow water estuary canoeing or kayaking through the old Mermentau River system and Gulf activities to the east toward Grand Chenier and to the west toward Cameron. 

Every once in a while we saw a patrol car drive by. 


Amenities include public bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables in a covered pavilion. A wonderful place to camp. We loved the fact that there's zero noise coming from the highway.

There's a parking area, but you can park your car or RV right on the beach, but be careful if you're on small rigs - the sand can be softer than it seems.

Bonfires are ok.

No lights, no signs of civilization, except for a few portable toilets and a shower. The nearest convenience store is 6 miles away, so bring everything you might need along. 

Everything is absolutely free. You can drive onshore, set up your tent right on the beach, but bring weights or canopy because it can get really windy.

Usually, the beach is not crowded at all.

The water is muddy, but we saw people swimming and having great fun. Kids can go shell-hunting.

Driving time

  • Approximately 3 hours from Houston, TX
  • Around 4 hours from New Orleans

What we loved

  • Great views
  • Top-notch fishing experience

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Rutherford Beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
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Visitor questions:

Question: Does this beach have a boardwalk?
Asked by Jennifer jihnsy 2 months ago
Answer: Unfortunately, it does not.

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Creole, Louisiana 193 Gulf Dr, Creole, LA 70632, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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