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Reservations

Operating Hours

Day Use Fees

Reserved Facilities

Fishing
Swimming

Boat Rentals

Trails

Pets

Amenities and Activities Chart
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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CELL PHONES OFTEN DO NOT WORK IN REMOTE AREAS, INCLUDING MANY OF OUR RECREATIONAL AND HISTORIC SITES.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CELL PHONES OFTEN DO NOT WORK IN REMOTE AREAS, INCLUDING MANY OF OUR RECREATIONAL AND HISTORIC SITES.
Reservations

If you want to plan your trip to one of Louisiana’s state parks in advance, reservations may be made through State Park's Reservation Call Center at 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652), or ONLINE. The Call Center operates from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, and is closed on state holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Reservations may be made for cabins, lodges, group camps, campsites, meeting rooms, and rental picnic pavilions; reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to date(s) desired and can be made up to 11 months in advance (click HERE for additional information on the 11-month policy). Specific cabin, campsite and picnic pavilion locations may be reserved in advance. Facilities not reserved in advance are available to visitors who come directly to the park. Walk-in and drive-up users are welcome without a reservation. Reloadable gift cards are now available, and can be purchased at your local state park or ONLINE. The gift cards can be purchased for any value with a $5 minimum, and are a great way to share the gift of Louisiana State Parks with your family and friends.

Overnight Reservations

Cabins, Lodges, Group Camps and Campsites
Overnight reservations may be made for cabins, lodges, group camps and campsites. Reservations for overnight use may be made by calling the Call Center at 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652), or ONLINE. A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each overnight transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in. An advance deposit of a single night's stay is required for each facility reserved in advance, and must be received within ten days of the date of the request or the reservation will be cancelled. Deposits will be applied to the first night's or day's use. For reservations made 10 to 11 months prior to the arrival date, the entire reservation balance must be received within 30 days of the date of the request.

Cancellation of reservations made 10 to 11 months prior to arrival will result in a one day's rental charge for each facility reserved. Cancellation fees, for each facility reserved within the 10-month window, are $10 for reservations canceled 15 days or more prior to arrival, and a one day's rental within 14 days of arrival. A change in dates or a change in parks will be treated like a cancellation and a new reservation must be made. There is no fee to transfer from site to site within a park.

NOTICE: Effective December 1, 2013, Louisiana State Parks will no longer accept American Express credit cards.

Payment may be made by Discover, Mastercard, VISA, in-state personal check or money order. If the reservation is made within 14 days or less of the usage date, payment will be made by credit card only. For reservation inquiries, changes, transfers, or cancellations, call the Call Center at 1-877-CAMP-N-LA.

For cabins, lodges, group camps, campsites and group camping areas, the minimum reservation period for a weekend is two nights.

The maximum stay for cabins, lodges, group camps and campsites is 15 consecutive days. From October to March, extended stays can be reserved for campsites at Fontainebleau, Jimmie Davis State Park, Poverty Point Reservoir State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park.

The normal campsite rate (less applicable discounts) will be charged for each site rented. A camper or cabin user reserving multiple sites or cabins must pay a deposit for each site reserved. Applicable discounts apply to the campsite rate but do not apply to the reservation fee. The deposit will be applied to the first night's use.

Check-in/Check-out Times for Overnight Reservations

Cabins, Lodges, Group Camps    Campsites
Check-In: 3 p.m.
Check-Out: 11 a.m.
Check-In: 2 p.m.
Check-Out: 1 p.m.

Day Use Reservations

Picnic Pavilions and Meeting Rooms

Reservation of meeting rooms and group picnic pavilions may be made by calling the Call Center at 1-877-CAMP-N-LA(877-226-7652).

An advance deposit equal to the appropriate use rate is required to reserve meeting rooms or group picnic pavilions.

For general information about the park, historic site or preservation area you will visit, contact the park directly.

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Operating Schedules for Louisiana State Parks and Historic Sites

STATE PARKS

 
Entrance Stations
April-September
Entrance Stations
October-March
Park Gates
Parks with boat launches
6 a.m.-7 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Parks without boat launches
8 a.m.-7 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Entrance stations will remain open until 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays, all year.

Cabins, Lodges, Group Camps    Campsites
Check-In: 3 p.m.
Check-Out: 11 a.m.
Check-In: 2 p.m.
Check-Out: 1 p.m.

STATE HISTORIC SITES

7 days a week
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays through Saturdays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Poverty Point SHS
Rosedown Plantation SHS
Audubon SHS
Centenary SHS
Fort Jesup SHS
Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS
Fort Pike SHS
Forts Randolph and Buhlow SHS
Longfellow-Evangeline SHS
Mansfield SHS
Marksville SHS
Plaquemine Lock SHS
Port Hudson SHS
Otis House SHS at Fairview-Riverside SP
Rebel SHS

State Historic Sites are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Winter Quarters State Historic Site remains closed due to tornado damage incurred in April 2011. Locust Grove State Historic Site and Los Adaes State Historic Site will continue to be available by appointment only.

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Entrance Fees

Day Use

State Parks
  • $2 per person
  • Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under
Hodges Gardens State Park
  • $5 per person
  • $4 for Seniors (62 and older)
  • Free for children age 3 and under
State Historic Sites
  • $4 per adult (ages 13 to 61)
  • Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 12 and under
  • Admission is free at:
    • Locust Grove SHS
    • Los Adaes SHS
    • Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area in Chicot State Park
Audubon SHS
Includes admission to main house and gardens unless otherwise noted
  • $8 per adult (ages 18 to 61); Grounds Tour Only: $4 per person, age 6 and over
  • $6 per senior citizen (ages 62 and over)
  • $4 per student (ages 6 to 17)
  • FREE to children 5 and under
Rosedown Plantation SHS
Includes admission to main house and gardens unless otherwise noted
  • $10 per adult (ages 18 to 61); Garden Tour Only: $5 per adult
  • $8 per senior citizen (ages 62 and over)
  • $4 per student (ages 6 to 17)
  • FREE to children 5 and under
  • Commercial Tour Group Rates: $7/person (ages 18 and over); $4/person (ages 17 and under)

Special Rates/Discounts

  • $80 Annual Park Pass - valid for day use at all sites and can be purchased at any state park, for 12 months from the date of purchase. All people accompanying a permit holder as occupants in a single, private non-commerical vehicle in which the permit holder is a passenger or driver are provided for in the Annual Pass admission.

  • Free admission to all sites is provided for Disabled Veterans with State Park Permit. Eligible veterans may apply for the permit by contacting their local parish veterans service office. Click here for contact information for the parish offices.

  • Free admission is provided to all sites for school groups (including bus driver and chaperones) on field trips. Field trip must be arranged in advance with park staff.
    • Note: Free admission to Rosedown Plantation for school groups is limited to self-guided grounds and garden tours only. Field trip tours of the main plantation house require a $4 per student charge. (Teachers/chaperones are admitted free to the main plantation house while accompanying a scheduled field trip group when the students tour the house.)

  • A Bus Permit is required for all holidays and weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day for entry into any recreational (State Park) site. Contact the destination park site in advance to arrange a Bus Permit.

  • A $60 Bus Fee is charged for any bus used as a public conveyance to any recreational (State Park) site. (Exclusions: school buses transporting students on pre-arranged field trips and commercial tour buses.)

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Reserved Facilities

Day Use

Group Pavilions*Type I$ 40 per day
 Type II$ 60 per day
 Type III$100 per day
 Type IV - Reservation Only$100 per day
 Type V$50 per day

*Pavilion sizes vary from park to park.

Meeting RoomsCLICK FOR RENTAL INFORMATION
 Chemin-A-Haut SP$100 per day
 Lake Claiborne SP$100 per day
 North Toledo Bend SP$100 per day
 Palmetto Island SP$100 per day
 Poverty Point Reservoir SP$100 per day
 Chicot SP$150 per day
 Fontainebleau SP$150 per day
 Lake D'Arbonne SP$150 per day
 South Toledo Bend SP$150 per day
 Bogue Chitto SP$200 per day
 Lake Fausse Pointe SP$200 per day

Weddings
Louisiana State Parks would be honored to host your special day. If you wish you use one of the pavilions or meeting room facilities that can be booked through the Reservation System, you may do so by calling 1-877-226-7652 or ONLINE. We ask that you also contact the manager of the site in which you are interested, to determine if there are any requirements specific to that site.

If you are interested in a historic site, the preservation area or a part of a recreational site that is not normally rented through the Reservation System, then arrangements must be made through the site's manager.

Overnight Camping

Premium Campsite (Improved Campsite with sewerage or pull-through or prime location)$20 per night, Oct-Mar
$28 per night, Apr-Sept
Improved Campsite (water and electrical hookup)$18 per night, Oct-Mar
$22 per night, Apr-Sept
Unimproved Campsite (without hookup)$14 per night
Primitive Group Camping Areas$20 to $50, per night based on capacity. Capacity will be set by the site manager.
Backpacking$ 1 per person per night
Canoe Campsite$14 per night
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands SENIOR and ACCESS Passes
(formerly the National Park Service Golden Age & Golden Access Passports)
Available through the U.S. Geological Survey/Dept. of the Interior, and at the following Louisiana locations:
Kisatchie National Forest, Calcasieu District (Boyce)318-793-9427
Kisatchie National Forest, Caney District (Homer)318-927-2061
Kisatchie National Forest, Catahoula District (Bentley)318-765-3554
Kisatchie National Forest, Kisatchie District (Provencal)318-472-1840
Kisatchie National Forest, Pineville Office318-473-7160
Kisatchie National Forest, Winn District (Winnfield)318-628-4664
New Orleans Jazz Park (New Orleans)504-589-4841
US Fish & Wildlife, Black Bayou Refuge (Monroe)318-387-1114
US Fish & Wildlife, Cameron Refuge (Bell City)337-598-2216
US Fish & Wildlife, Catahoula Refuge (Jonesville)318-992-5261
Click here for more information. Visitors who hold an America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass, and whose home State Park system honor these America the Beautiful Passes for overnight discounts, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport). The following states honor the Passes in the same manner as Louisiana:
State
Senior Pass Discount
Access Pass Discount
Arkansas
Yes
Yes
Delaware
No
Yes
Maryland
Yes
Yes

Cabins (Floor Plans and Pictures)
Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies.

PARKNIGHTLY RATETV
SERVICE
WIRELESS
INTERNET
Bayou Segnette State Park (Westwego)  Y
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)Ysee notice
Chemin-A-Haut State Park (Bastrop)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Standard: $85 (year-round)
YY
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Standard: $85 (year-round)
Ysee notice
Cypremort Point State Park (Cypremort Point)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Fairview-Riverside State Park (Madisonville)  Y
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Grand Isle State Park (Grand Isle)  Y
Hodges Gardens State Park (Florien)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Standard: $85 (year-round)
YY
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)Ysee notice
Lake Bruin State Park (Newellton)  Y
Lake Claiborne State Park (Homer)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park (St. Martinville)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
North Toledo Bend State Park (Zwolle)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Palmetto Island State Park (Abbeville)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
St. Bernard State Park (Braithewaite)  Y
Sam Houston Jones State Park (Lake Charles)Standard: $85 (year-round)Ysee notice
South Toledo Bend State Park (Anacoco)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY
Tickfaw State Park (Springfield)Deluxe: $120 (Oct-Mar); $150 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)YY

The goal of the Office of State Parks is to provide quality outdoor recreation and to preserve the unique natural heritage of our state, for future generations to enjoy. We strongly encourage our visitors to get outside and experience nature at its finest, at a Louisiana State Park!

Lodges (Floor Plans and Pictures)
Equipped with kitchen, bath and sleeping facilities, these large overnight structures are perfect for a large family or group. Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies.

PARKNIGHTLY RATE
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton)Deluxe: $160 (Oct-Mar); $180 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)Deluxe: $160 (Oct-Mar); $180 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Standard: $140 (Oct-Mar); $175 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)Standard: $140 (Oct-Mar); $175 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)Deluxe: $160 (Oct-Mar); $180 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)Deluxe: $160 (Oct-Mar); $180 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi)Standard: $140 (Oct-Mar); $175 (Fri-Sat, Apr-Sept)

Group Camps (Floor Plans and Pictures)
Basic cookware, cooking utensils are furnished. Bring your own eating utensils, dinnerware, paper products, bath tissue, bed linens, towels and pillows.

PARKSLEEPING CAPACITYNIGHTLY RATE
Bayou Segnette State Park (Westwego)
120
$500
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton)
52
$250
Chemin-A-Haut State Park (Homer)
38
$200
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)
112
$500
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)
100
65
$500
250
Hodges Gardens State Park (Florien)
56
$250
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)
124
$500
Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline)
160
48
$500
$200
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)
50
$250
North Toledo Bend State Park (Zwolle)
150
$500
Tickfaw State Park (Springfield)
52
$250

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Fishing

Use of all fishing piers is included with payment of entrance fees.

Click here for License Information at Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries

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Swimming

  • Use of all day-use pools is included with payment of entrance fee. Parks with day-use pools: Chemin-A-Haut, Lake Bistineau, Lake D'Arbonne and North Toledo Bend.

    Be advised of the following regulations for Louisiana State Parks' swimming pools (Title 25, Part IX, §314. Swimming):

    • All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at any swimming area.
    • Glass containers of any kind are prohibited within any perimeter boundaries of pools, enclosed swimming areas, enclosed beach areas, water playgournds and beach parks.
    • Only Coast Guard approved Type I or Type II Personal Flotation Devices are allowed in swimming areas, with the exception of flotation devices provided at the Bayou Segnette State Park wave pool.
  • Pools are open Memorial Day weekend to August 1 and closed Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance, except for holiday Mondays. When pools are open on a holiday Monday, the pools will be closed for maintenance on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the holiday Monday.
  • From August 1 through Labor Day, pools will be open on modified schedules. Please check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change.

NOTE: Beach swimming areas are open year-round at Cypremort Point, Fontainebleau, Grand Isle, Jimmie Davis Lake Bruin, Lake Claiborne, Poverty Point Reservoir and South Toledo Bend State Parks. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset.

Water Playgrounds
Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate April 1 through September 30, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Contact the park directly, to confirm specific operating schedules. Water playgrounds are located at Bogue Chitto, Chicot, Fontainebleau, Lake Bruin, Lake Fausse Pointe, Palmetto Island, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Tickfaw State Parks.

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Rental Boats
(State Park operated rentals)

Flat Bottom Boats$15 per dayincludes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets
Canoes$5 per hour or
$20 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
Kayaks$5 per hour or
$30 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $1 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates

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Trails

Click here for a chart listing trail information for Louisiana's State Parks and Historic Sites

Equestrian trails
Equestrian trails at State Parks sites are open to riders and their own horses. Day-use entrance is $2 per person; overnight campsites can be rented for $18 to $20 per night. Certification of a clean Coggins test is required for all horses brought on State Park property. It is recommended that you call ahead for the status of the trail.

Bogue Chitto State Park (985-839-5707) - A 14-mile trail winds through some of the most interesting topography of southern Louisiana, with gullies and bluffs hosting a variety of wildlife to encounter. The trailhead is located near Fricke's Cave, just inside the park. Bogue Chitto State Park is located off Hwy. 25, about 5 miles south of Franklinton.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park (318-283-0812) - Located 10 miles north of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish, this park has an eight-mile equestrian trail loop. Beginning at the campground where riders can overnight with their horses, the trail goes through a mixed pine and hardwood forest, bottomland cypress flats and along Chemin-A-Haut creek.

Hodges Gardens State Park (318-586-4020) - The White Horse and South Lake Trails, totaling about 15 miles, are open to the public while the rest of the trails are closed due to their proximity to the Foundation timber farming areas. The corral at the former landing strip area is still available, and overnight unimproved campsites are available. Hodges Gardens State Park is located about 25 miles north of Leesville. *Note: Entrance fee at Hodges Gardens State Park is $4/person.

Lake Bistineau State Park (318-745-3503) - On the recently-opened equestrian trail at Lake Bistineau State Park, a variety of wildlife can be seen as the trail winds 6.5 miles through pine and hard wood forests and along Bistineau Lake. The relatively flat terrain allows for a relaxed, comfortable ride. Stalls, a paddock and corral are provided free of charge to accommodate horses overnight. Lake Bistineau State Park is located 40 minutes southeast of Shreveport in Webster Parish.

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Pets


Any pet brought in to a State Park must be on a leash (not to exceed 6 feet in length), or caged or crated. Pets are not permitted within buildings or other enclosed structures on site. Only seeing-eye dogs are permitted in overnight facilities or near swimming areas. Pet owners are responsible for any injury or damage caused by their pets. Dogs and other pets are not allowed to run freely on park property.

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