Kayaking at Chemin-A-Haut State Park
Kayaking at Chemin-A-Haut State Park

Chemin-A-Haut State Park

Monroe - Rustin Area

14656 State Park Road
Bastrop, LA 71220-7078
United States

Hours of Operation

Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday

  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 8 p.m.

Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission/Entrance Fees

$3 per person

Free for seniors (62 & older)

Free for children (3 & under)

Chemin-A-Haut State Park is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew and is a natural paradise for lovers of unspoiled beauty. This acre site takes its name from the French word meaning "high road," which was the route used by Native Americans many years ago in their seasonal migrations.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park was designed with children in mind. Two playgrounds in the day-use area are a favorite spot of the younger patrons as is the wading pool in the swimming complex. Also, the park's swimming pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, so campers and picnickers can refresh themselves on hot summer days. In addition to RV and tent camping, overnight guests can also relax in cabins, some located convenient to the day-use area, while more-secluded units are located on the bayou.

The picnic area includes 35 family sites with grills and tables, five group sites (for up to 24 people), and three shelters. A hard-surfaced trail goes through the picnic area and along the high, scenic banks of Bayou Bartholomew. Rental boats afford visitors an even closer view.

Big Slough Lake, located near the edge of the park, offers an opportunity to fish from the shore. Several varieties of freshwater species can be found there. Take advantage of the beautiful seclusion of this ideal park site. 

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Waterfront cabin with a deck for fishing from the bayou
Chemin-A-Haut State Park
Chemin-A-Haut offers trails for horseback riding
Chemin-A-Haut State Park
The group camp is a great venue for large family gatherings


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

(Campsites Area Map)

26 Premium Campsites

$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax , Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

Water, sewer, and electrical hookup
Primitive camping area

$35/night plus tax

Maximum capacity of 20
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes

Available through the National Park Service.

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).


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

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, towels and linens. (Cabin Area Map) (Group Area Map)

Standard Cabins

$85/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$95/night plus tax,  Fri-Sat

6 available; 1 is ADA compliant, sleeps up to 6 people with 2 double beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Deluxe Cabins

$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat

8 available; 1 is ADA compliant; sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds
Group Camp


Sleeps up to 38 people

$70/day (Type 2)

$70/day (Type 2) 2 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people, each. 1 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people. *Units are equipped with electrical lighting and grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room

$100/day plus tax

Capacity is 100 people for both Conference and Theatre set-ups
Other Rates

Equestrian trails at State Parks sites are open to riders and their own horses.  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.

Horse Per Day Trail Fee

$3/horse per day trail fee, in addition to the day-use entrance of $3 per person, plus tax

Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.
Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property

$10/cart per day

$100 annual permit available.

Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.
Boat Rentals - Kayaks (single seat)

$7 per hour or $35 per day includes paddle and life jacket

Available April 1 through September 30, includes paddle and life jacket. Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates.


  • From April 1 to October 1, you will only be able to catch and keep Bream, Red Ear and Blue Gill; all other fish must be released immediately.
  • The shorelines around cabins 7 through 14 is off limits to day use guests and is reserved for cabin occupants only.
  • No cleaning of fish will be allowed on park grounds.

Trails at Chemin-A-Haut State Park

  • Bobcat Trail - 1.1 miles
  • Boy Scout Trail - 1/4 mile
  • Equestrian Trail - 8 miles

Swimming 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.


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.