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Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursdayopen at 6 a.m.
close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.open at 6 a.m.
close at 10 p.m.

Entrance Station Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and days preceding a holiday.

Facilities And Activities:
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Entrance Fees:
$3 per person
Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under)

Reservable Facilities, Rentals, And Other Fees:
See below for detailed information

Online Reservations:
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3469 Chicot Park Road
Ville Platte, LA 70586

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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.

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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.

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.

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The South Landing includes cabins, a group camp, picnic areas and playground, 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 North Landing features campsites, a boat launch, a dock, a 400 ft. fishing pier and a primitive group-camping area. Lodges also are located in this area.

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.

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Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Cabins/Lodges/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 floor plans)

Deluxe Cabins (map)$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
15 available; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
North Lodges
$175/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$225/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
2 available; each sleeps up to 14 people with 2 double beds, one sleeper sofa, and 4 bunk beds
Group Camp$300/night plus taxIncludes dining hall/kitchen, 5 cabins and 1 dormitory, sleeping up to 52 people


198 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup) 
(map of sites 2-29)  (map of sites 30-62)  (map of sites 63-83)  (map of sites 84-108)
(map of sites 301-343)  (map of sites 346-377)  (map of sites 378-400)
$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 40)$50/night plus tax
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 passport).


Maximum Occupancy of 60 people.
Maximum Occupancy of 100 people.
*Units are equipped with grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room$160/day plus taxCapacity is 100 people for both Conference and Theater set-ups

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)

Flat Bottom Boats$20 per dayincludes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets
Canoes$7 per hour or $25 per dayincludes paddles, life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 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 - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays, April 1 through October 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.

A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

Nearby Attractions

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 Jim Bowie.

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.

Cecil J. Picard Educational and Recreational Center (Bunkie Youth Center) - Located on La. Hwy. 115 between Marksville and Bunkie, the Center offers outdoors recreation opportunities. Facilities include an auditorium, swimming pool, cottages, sports field and more.

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.