Rutherford Beach

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

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

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.

Location

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

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
Reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
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The beach is located in Creole, Louisiana 193 Gulf Dr, Creole, LA 70632, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Rutherford Beach photo by Ethan DeHart
November 4, 2018
Ethan DeHart
Rutherford beach
Rutherford Beach photo by Seth W.
September 2, 2018
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
July 21, 2018
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
July 15, 2018
Katie Cadena
What a glorious sunset!
Rutherford Beach photo by Sarah Murrant
April 19, 2018
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
July 2, 2016
Nicole Churchwell
Went fishing today 😊 #rutherfordbeach
Rutherford Beach photo by Angie Reon
May 27, 2018
Angie Reon
Sunset at Rutherford Beach
Rutherford Beach photo by Kristina
July 29, 2018
Kristina
Taking advantage of #sunsets and the #fullbloodmoon
Rutherford Beach photo by Kevin Clopton
June 3, 2018
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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July 22, 2018
Had a great day at the beach!
Rutherford Beach photo by Katie Cadena
July 15, 2018
Katie Cadena
#nature #beach #beachlife #sunsetporn #sunsets #lousiana #rutherfordbeach #jj_louisiana
Rutherford Beach photo by Jer and Char Mapes + Kahlua 🐶
May 10, 2018
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
November 12, 2018
Jill and Andrew
Probably one of our last campfires of the road trip 🔥
Rutherford Beach photo by Kevin Clopton
October 19, 2018
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.