Lake Bistineau State Park
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Beginning in January with the "yo- yo" season and lasting through the spring, summer, and early fall, the dedicated fisherman can draw such freshwater catches as black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish from the lake's clear waters.
Lake Bistineau dates back over 200 years. It began in 1800 when several thousand acres of land were flooded due to a gigantic log jam in the Red River. Gradually, however, as the area was dredged, the lake began to drain. Then in 1935, a permanent dam was built across Loggy Bayou,creating the present-day Lake Bistineau. The dam has since been enlarged, giving the reservoir a surface area of 26.9 square miles, with an average depth of seven feet and maximum depth of 25 feet.
Area 1 is located in the main section of the park, with cabins, a group camp and swimming beach. Picnicking along the lake is tremendously popular at numerous sites equipped with tables, grills, and nearby restrooms. Several picnic pavilions are also available for larger groups. The park's trail system encompasses nearly 10 miles of woodland trails and an 11-mile canoe trail, for visitors who want to see the park's beauty from the water.
Although Area 2 is connected to the main part of the park by the lake, to reach Area 2 by car you will return to the highway by going east off LA 163, along Webster Parish Road 177, to the entrance.
Area 2 includes a group camp, playgrounds, a large picnic area with several pavilions, a swimming pool, a baseball field and a boat launch.
Cabins/Group Camp: 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 layouts) (map)
Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)
NOTE: DUE TO THE LOGGING OPERATION, THE TRAILS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
Nearby Attractions: Lake Claiborne State Park (7 miles southeast of Homer on LA 146) - Located on the banks of a 6,400-acre lake. With steep ravines and rolling hills, the park features excellent picnicking, pavilions, 10 vacation cabins, 87 improved campsites, a swimming beach, boat launch, fishing pier, and nature trails.
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (5 miles west of Farmerville on LA 2) - A fisherman's paradise, this 655-acre state park on the shores of Lake D'Arbonne features 65 improved campsites, 50 picnic tables and grills, 3 fishing piers, a boat ramp, and a fish cleaning station.
Jimmie Davis State Park at Caney Lake (Off LA 4 southwest of Chatham, on Lakeshore Drive and State Road 1209) - Situated on an outstanding bass-fishing lake, the park offers camping, picnicking, 2 boat ramps, a fishing pier, swimming beach and is an ideal spot to launch biking expeditions.
Historic Town of Minden (East of Shreveport on I-20) - Visitors may travel old brick streets still leading down Main Street and explore 2 historic residential districts including both antebellum and Victorian homes.
Kisatchie National Forest-Caney Lakes Recreation Area (North of I-20 on LA 159) - This area offers picnick- ing, swimming, fishing, waterskiing, hiking/biking trails, boat launches, group picnic shelters, and 27 improved and 21 unimproved campsites. The 7.6-mile Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail circles upper Caney Lake and offers a forest ecosystem, views of the lake, and the visible remains of an old sugar cane mill.
Bossier City is alive with nightlife, family entertainment and mouth-watering Southern cuisine. On the riverfront lies the Louisiana Boardwalk (I-20 on the Red River) with over 55 outlet shops (including Bass Pro Outdoor World), 8 eateries, a theatre and live entertainment.
R.W. Norton Art Gallery (4747 Creswell Avenue, Shreveport) The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a non-profit museum built in 1966 which features original works of American and European art.In addition, the Norton is set amidst forty beautifully landscaped acres, including azalea gardens complete with more than 15,000 plants including several hundred native azaleas.
Golf Courses - Trails End Public Golf course (I-20 at Arcadia); this 18-hole golf course is one of the most challenging in the area. Olde Oaks Golf Club (Sligo Road, minutes from the park) is a 27-hole Hal Sutton Signature Design golf facility with five sets of tees and generous fairways to allow any level of golfer to enjoy their round. Golf Club at Stonebridge (Stonebridge Boulevard, Bossier City) is an 18-hole Fred Couples design, located in the picturesque woodlands just north of Bossier City.
Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (On LA 154 south of Haughton) - The 4,211 acres of alluvial flood plain or bottomland hardwoods offer hunting, fishing, birding, day hiking, a boat launch, and designated camping areas.
Ambrose Mountain (Hwy. 154 south of Sailes and I-20) - A granite column marks the spot where notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers and a posse in 1934.
Driskoll Mountain (Off LA 507 between Parish Roads 797, 164 and 163, south of Arcadia and I-20) - This "mountain" is the highest point in Louisiana, rising 535 feet above sea level.
Mt. Lebanon (South of I-20 on LA 154) - This pioneer community was established in 1836. Its historic structures include Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, built in 1837, and seven private homes, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old wood-frame church still has divided pews for men and women.
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (On LA 157, north of the I-20 Haughton exit) - This 32,471-acre area features hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, a boat launch, and camping along Bodcau Bayou.