Chicot State Park

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Chicot State Park cabins
Alexandria Region

3469 Chicot Park Road
Ville Platte, LA 70586
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 10 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)

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.

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, 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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An aerial shot of the lakefront cabins, connected by a fishing pier
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The 1,643-acre lake offers plenty of opportunity for canoeing and fishing
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Bring your flipflops, sunscreen and towel for a day at the water playground
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The trail system at the park completely encircles the lake

Features

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Boating
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Camping
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Fishing
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Hiking
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Swimming/Water Playgrounds
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Wildlife Viewing
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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.

(North landing area campsites map) (South landing area campsites map)

198 Improved Campsites

$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

Water and electrical hookup
Backcountry campsites

$9 per person/night, plus tax

Maximum capacity of 6, 6 available on a first-come, first-served basis
Primitive camping area

$50/night plus tax

Maximum capacity of 40
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).

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, towels and linens. (Standard cabins area map)(Deluxe cabins area map) (Group camp area map) (Lodge area map)

Deluxe Cabins

$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 tax

Includes dining hall/kitchen and 1 dormitory, sleeping up to 52 people
Pavilions

$70/day
$120/day

Maximum Occupancy of 60 people. Maximum Occupancy of 100 people. *Units are equipped with grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room

$160/day plus tax

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

Trails At Chicot State Park

  • 20-mile hiking trail
  • 8-mile canoe trail

Water Playground 

Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays 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.

Birding

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.

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