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Reserved Facilities

Fishing
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Boat Rentals

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Pets

Amenities and Activities
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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. You can now also check out availability for the upcoming weekend, by clicking HERE. Online reservations are accessible 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. CST, and 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 13 months in advance (click HERE for additional information on the 13-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 by calling the main office at 225-342-8111. 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 reservation 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 13 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 13 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 9-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.

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 and the minimum reservation period for weekdays is three nights.

The maximum stay for cabins, lodges, group camps and campsites is 15 consecutive days. Long-term stays are available at select parks, at the manager's discretion. Contact the park directly, to inquire about long-term stays.

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) or visiting www.ReserveLaStateParks.com.

NOTE: Entrance fees are still applicable to renters of day-use facilities. 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
Park Gates
Parks with boat launches
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Parks without boat launches
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.
Wednesdays through Sundays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays through Saturdays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
By Appointment Only
Poverty Point SHS
Rosedown Plantation SHS
Audubon SHS
Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS
Forts Randolph and Buhlow SHS
Longfellow-Evangeline SHS
Mansfield SHS
Port Hudson SHS
Otis House SHS at Fairview-Riverside SP

Centenary SHSFort Jesup SHS
Fort Pike SHS
Locust Grove SHS
Los Adaes SHS 
Marksville SHS
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. Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site is operated by the City of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish, and is open Thursday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Entrance Fees

Day Use

State Parks
  • $3 per person
  • Free for seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under)
State Historic Sites
  • $4 per adult (ages 13–61)
  • Free for seniors (62 and older) and children (3 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
  • $10 per adult (18–61) 
  • $8 per senior (62 and over)
  • $5 per student (4–17)
  • Free for children (3 and under)
  • Grounds Tour Only: $5 per person (4 and over)
Rosedown Plantation SHS
Includes admission to main house and gardens unless otherwise noted
  • $12 per adult (18–61)
  • $10 per senior (62 and over)
  • $6 per student (4–17)
  • Free for children (3 and under)
  • Garden Tour Only: $7 per adult (18–61); $5 per student (4–17); free for children (3 and under)
  • Commercial Tour Group Rates:Contact the park at 225-784-0479
By Appointment Only Sites       Free for all ages

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-commercial 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, and those accompanying them in a single private vehicle, 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.

  • Active duty military personnel and one immediate family member receive a 50% discount for day use entry to a state park, historic site or world heritage site by presenting a current, valid military photo ID.
  • 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 $75 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.)

  • A $10/cart per day Golf Cart Use Fee at the following parks; a $100 annual permit can be purchased through the Main Office (225.342.8111):
    • Bayou Segnette SP
    • Chemin-A-Haut SP
    • Cypremort Point SP
    • Fontainebleau SP
    • Grand Isle SP
    • Lake Bruin SP
    • Lake Claiborne SP
    • Lake D'Arbonne SP
    • Lake Fausse Pointe SP
    • Palmetto Island SP
    • Poverty Point Reservoir SP
    • St. Bernard SP
    • Tickfaw SP

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Reserved Facilities
NOTE: Entrance fees are still applicable to renters of day-use facilities.

Day Use

Group Pavilions*Type I
Bayou Segnette
Bogue Chitto
Chemin-A-Haut
Cypremort Point
Jimmie Davis
Lake Bistineau
Lake D'Arbonne
Lake Fausse Pointe
North Toledo Bend
Palmetto Island
Poverty Point Reservoir
 $50 per day
 Type II
Bayou Segnette
Chemin-A-Haut
Chicot
Cypremort Point
Fairview-Riverside
Lake Bistineau
Lake Bruin
Lake Claiborne
Lake D'Arbonne
Lake Fausse Pointe
Rebel
Sam Houston Jones
St. Bernard
Tickfaw
 $70 per day
 Type III
Chicot
Fontainebleau
Sam Houston Jones
 $120 per day
 Type IV
Lake Bistineau
$100 per day

*Pavilion sizes vary from park to park.

Meeting RoomsCLICK FOR RENTAL INFORMATION
 Chemin-A-Haut SP$100 per day, plus tax
 Lake Claiborne SP$100 per day, plus tax
 North Toledo Bend SP$100 per day, plus tax
 Palmetto Island SP$100 per day, plus tax
 Poverty Point Reservoir SP$100 per day, plus tax
 Chicot SP$160 per day, plus tax
 Fontainebleau SP$160 per day, plus tax
 Lake D'Arbonne SP$160 per day, plus tax
 South Toledo Bend SP$160 per day, plus tax
 Bogue Chitto SP$220 per day, plus tax
 Lake Fausse Pointe SP$220 per day, plus tax

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)$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Improved Campsite (water and electrical hookup)$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Unimproved Campsite (without hookup)$18 per night plus tax
Primitive Group Camping Areas$35 to $65 per night plus tax, based on capacity. Capacity will be set by the site manager.
Backcountry Camping$9 per person per night, plus tax
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


2017-2018 WINTER SPECIAL RATES
Prices effective Nov. 1, 2017 through Feb. 27, 2018
 Standard Cabin WeekdayStandard Cabin WeekendDeluxe Cabin WeekdayDeluxe Cabin WeekendGroup CampLodge WeekdayLodge Weekend
Chemin-A-Haut$50$60  $145  
Jimmie Davis  $90$105$360$105$135
Lake Claiborne*  $90$105   
Lake D'Arbonne  $90$105$180$105$135
North Toledo Bend  $90$105$360  
Poverty Point Reservoir  $90$105 $95$125
South Toledo Bend  $90$105   
*Lake Claiborne State Park cabins will remain at $79/night for Weekdays and $89/night for Weekends through Nov. 16, due to the lake drawdown for residential maintenance projects.

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)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus tax YY
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYsee notice
Chemin-A-Haut State Park (Bastrop)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Standard: $85 (year-round)
Ysee notice
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Standard: $85/night Sun-Thurs, $95/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Ysee notice
Cypremort Point State Park (Cypremort Point)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Fairview-Riverside State Park (Madisonville)  Y
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Grand Isle State Park (Grand Isle)  Y
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYsee notice
Lake Bruin State Park (Newellton)  Y
Lake Claiborne State Park (Homer)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park (St. Martinville)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
North Toledo Bend State Park (Zwolle)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Palmetto Island State Park (Abbeville)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYY
St. Bernard State Park (Braithewaite)  Y
Sam Houston Jones State Park (Lake Charles)Standard: $85/night Sun-Thurs, $95/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYsee notice
South Toledo Bend State Park (Anacoco)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYsee notice
Tickfaw State Park (Springfield)Deluxe: $150/night Sun-Thurs, $175/night Fri-Sat; plus taxYsee notice

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: $175/night Sun-Thurs, $225/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)Deluxe: $175/night Sun-Thurs, $225/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Standard: $155/night Sun-Thurs, $210/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)Standard: $155/night Sun-Thurs, $210/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)Deluxe: $175/night Sun-Thurs, $225/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)Deluxe: $175/night Sun-Thurs, $225/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi)Standard: $155/night Sun-Thurs, $210/night Fri-Sat; plus tax
Sam Houston Jones State Park (Lake Charles)Deluxe: $175/night Sun-Thurs, $225/night Fri-Sat; plus tax

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
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton)
52
$300, plus tax
Chemin-A-Haut State Park (Homer)
38
$240, plus tax
Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)
112
$600, plus tax
Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)
100
65
$600, plus tax
$300, plus tax
Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham)
124
$600, plus tax
Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline)
160
48
$300, plus tax
$240, plus tax
Lake D'Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)
50
$300, plus tax
North Toledo Bend State Park (Zwolle)
150
$600, plus tax
Tickfaw State Park (Springfield)
52
$300, plus tax

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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 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 Monday-Wednesday for maintenance, except for holiday Mondays. When pools are open on a holiday Monday, the pools will be closed for maintenance on the Tuesday-Thursday 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.

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 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. 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, St. Bernard,  and Tickfaw State Parks.

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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 day
includes paddles, life jackets
Kayaks$7 per hour or
$35 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - 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. There is an equestrian trail fee of $3/horse per day, in addition to the day-use entrance of $3 per person; overnight campsites can be rented for $22 to $28 per night, plus tax. 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.

Lake Bistineau State Park (318-745-3503) - On the 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.

 

Bike Trails

In addition to the bike trails inside of some of Louisiana's State Parks, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development also oversees many bike trails throughout the state. Click HERE for maps of the trail systems.

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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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