Rutherford Beach

Sandy beach
193 Gulf Dr, Creole, LA 70632, USA (33 miles from Lake Charles, LA)
Water quality

Beach amenities

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

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!

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

Amenities include public bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables in a covered pavilion. A wonderful place to camp. There's a parking area, but you can park your car or RV right on the beach, but be careful - the sand can be softer than it seems. Bonfires are ok. 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
Reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
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Free Camping on Rutherford Beach, Louisiana
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Free camping... And things that may go wrong!

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast
How to get there
The beach is located in Creole, Louisiana
193 Gulf Dr, Creole, LA 70632, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Rutherford Beach reviews and photos
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Rutherford Beach photo by Ethan DeHart
Ethan DeHart
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Rutherford Beach photo by Seth W.
Seth W.
Nice sunset at our local Louisiana "beach" aside from the mosquitoes! Saw at least six gators on the way down too.
Rutherford Beach photo by BenandTish Gentry
BenandTish Gentry
Beach treasures from today. The beach is 40 minutes from our house. We're pretty lucky to call this little spot in Louisiana home.
Rutherford Beach photo by Katie Cadena
Katie Cadena
What a glorious sunset!
Rutherford Beach photo by Sarah Murrant
Sarah Murrant
Throwback Thursday : chasing sunsets and camping on the beach with @westlake_902 : this was one of our fav spots!
Rutherford Beach photo by Nicole Churchwell
Nicole Churchwell
Went fishing today 😊 #rutherfordbeach
Rutherford Beach photo by Angie Reon
Angie Reon
Sunset at Rutherford Beach
Rutherford Beach photo by Kristina
Taking advantage of #sunsets and the #fullbloodmoon
Rutherford Beach photo by Kevin Clopton
Kevin Clopton
Another awesome day on the surf. With the two big catches being TJ's 31 pound redfish, and my 23 pounder. #rutherfordbeach
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Had a great day at the beach!
Rutherford Beach photo by Katie Cadena
Katie Cadena
#nature #beach #beachlife #sunsetporn #sunsets #lousiana #rutherfordbeach #jj_louisiana
Rutherford Beach photo by Jer and Char Mapes + Kahlua 🐶
Jer and Char Mapes + Kahlua 🐶
Coming from St Pete Florida, it is pretty hard to beat some of the beach camping that we have. Rutherford Beach in Creole, LA may be giving it a challenge though. Don’t you love finding these gems when you least expect it? Best yet is that you can drive on the beach and it’s free!
Rutherford Beach photo by Jill and Andrew
Jill and Andrew
Probably one of our last campfires of the road trip 🔥
Rutherford Beach photo by Kevin Clopton
Kevin Clopton
Another awesome day at Rutherford Beach! Probably our best one yet with a total of 5 bull redfish landed between the three of us. All of them ranged from 15 - 20lbs.