Louisiana State Parks Draw Media Attention Louisiana State Parks sites have been featured in movie and
television releases including "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button," "Stay Alive," HBO's "True Blood," "Stuck in the
Suburbs," "All the Kings' Men" and even on CBS' "The Amazing
TRAVEL ADVISORIES: In order to control nuisance aquatic vegetation, Chicot Lake will be drawn down on Tuesday, September 3. The water level will be lowered 3 feet from pool stage. Although the lake will NOT be closed for fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
The park's water playground is closed until
Directions: Coming from the north on I-49, exit on LA 106
south. Turn left off LA 106 onto LA 3042 south, and continue to the main
entrance. From the south, exit I-49 on US 167 and drive toward Ville
Platte. In Ville Platte, turn right onto LA 3042/N. Dupre St., then left
onto LA 3042/W. Lincoln Rd. Veer right onto LA 3042/Chicot Park Road. Park
entrance is about 7 miles down LA 3042. Coordinates: 30.790191, -92.284228.
Hours of Operation: Site is open daily. Gates open at 6
a.m. and close at 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. on
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
April-September,entrance station is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance Fees: $2 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and
older) and children age 3 and under
The park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in South Central
Louisiana. The cool, clear waters of Lake Chicot have yielded record freshwater
catches of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. Fishermen
will enjoy the convenient boathouse, three boat launches and boat rental facilities.
Click Map for Printable Version (PDF
file) An extensive hiking/backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and
includes several primitive campsites along the way. The
hiking trails allow visitors to experience and enjoy the park's natural
landscape, its bottomland hardwood forest and the lake itself. For visitors who
enjoy a quicker pace, much of the trail is geared toward mountain bikers, and
all cyclists are welcome to ride the roadways throughout the park.
The South Landing includes cabins, a group camp, a
lodge, picnic areas and playgrounds, a water playground, a boat launch, a
fishing pier and a dock with rental boats. A scenic road links the South Landing
with the North Landing.
The East Landing is accessible from LA 106. It is less developed than the
other two areas. It includes a boat launch, a dock, a meeting room and a
barbeque pavilion, which makes this area ideal for day visitors.
The Louisiana State Arboretum, now located within Chicot State Park, is home to a
magnificent mature beech-magnolia forest and features an outdoor classroom and
several miles of nature trails with labeled plant life native to Louisiana.
Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are
provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, paper products, bathroom tissue, towels and linens. (click here for facility
pictures and floor plans)
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly
Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the
National Park Service. Click here for more information) Holders of the Passes, whose
state of residence also honors the
America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping
fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per
Capacity is 100 people for both Conference and Theatre
Rental Boats (State Park
Flat Bottom Boats
$15 per day
includes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets
$5 per hour or $20 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
Trails at Chicot State Park:
20-mile hiking trail
8-mile canoe trail
Water Playground - Chicot State Park's water playground operates daily, except for Tuesdays, 8
a.m. to 8 p.m., from April 1 through September 30. Please contact the park
directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center-Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
& Preserve (250 W. Park Ave., Eunice) - The Center depicts the
heritage of the Prairie Acadians. Artifacts, exhibits and live demonstrations
portray aspects of the unique culture.
Acadian Town of Ville Platte
(on US 167 and LA 10 north of US 190) - Ville Platte means "flat
town" in French. Its strong agrarian and Cajun traditions and cultural
influences can still be found in the spoken French, music, and food of the area.
Historic Town of Opelousas - The Confederate capital of
Louisiana during the Civil War, it was also the boyhood home of the legendary
Historic Town of Washington - Once the largest steamboat port
between New Orleans and St. Louis, the town preserves its 19th-century
architecture and offers an antique mall and shops.
Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway - Traces the historic towns,
musical traditions and culture of the Prairie Acadians.
Liberty Theatre/City of Eunice (200 W. Park Ave., Eunice) -
"Rendez-vous des Cajuns" is a live radio show held every Saturday night
featuring Cajun & Zydeco music in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.
Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area (Off I-49 north of Opelousas and southeast of Chicot
State Park) - In this 11,000-acre area of bottomland hardwoods managed for
wildlife, visitors may hunt (in season), day-hike, bird-watch and view wildlife.