Generous Donation from Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park Facilitates Roof Repair on Historic Salmen Lodge

The group, Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park, LLC., today presented a check to Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President,  in the amount of $12,016.85 as a reimbursement for the repair to the roof to the historic Salmen Lodge, located within Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell. The roof replacement was complete in late August.

“This group, Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park is a treasure, and our full appreciation for all that they do cannot be adequately expressed. When we discover a need in this beautiful historic park, they immediately begin working with us to address it,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This partnership with them has produced extraordinary results, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

The Salmen Lodge is a 200-year-old French Creole-style building, which is thought to have been built in the first decade of the 1800s and served as the major trading post in the Bayou Liberty region for over a century. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The replacement of the roof on the Salmen Lodge is a preventative measure to preserve the Lodge as well as part of an overall restoration effort which when complete will restore it to its original trading post appearance. This effort is slowly taking shape. The total cost of the roof replacement was $20,700.


Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell sits on 130-acres, and  offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. There are three pavilions, as well as an Amphitheater available for rent at Camp Salmen Nature Park. To rent one of these pavilions, call 985.288.5901. The park is open to the public Friday through Sunday, year-round, from 9a.m. - 4:30 p.m. It is located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell.