Tickfaw State Park

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Tickfaw State Park
New Orleans Area

27225 Patterson Road
Springfield, LA 70462-8906
United States

Hours of Operation

Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday

  • open at 7 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

  • open at 7 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)

Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.

Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.

At Tickfaw State park, you can go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin. Check at the Nature Center for scheduled programs. While there, view the 800-gallon aquarium stocked with fish found in the Tickfaw River. There are also displays featuring the animals, history and culture of the area and of Louisiana. Be sure to watch the 8-minute introductory video about the history of the park area.

Bicycle, stroll or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Bring your canoe or kayak and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. The Water Playground offers refreshing fun for those not quite adventurous enough to explore the swamps and sloughs.

A gift shop in the Nature Center (open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily) offers souvenirs with a local flavor.

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Refreshing water fun for those not adventurous enough to explore the swamps
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The natural setting of the campgrounds is a great place to start your birdwatching activities
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Even though you’re in the middle of a natural area, the cabins are quite comfortable!
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Learn about area plant and animal life – especially water critters – in the nature center

Activities

Parks & Preserves
Parks & Preserves
Biking
Biking
Camping
Camping
Canoeing/Kayaking
Paddling
Fishing
Fishing
Hiking
Hiking
Swimming/Water Playgrounds
Swimming/Water Playgrounds
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing

Nearby Tickfaw State Park

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Camping

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

(Campground area map)

30 Improved Campsites

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

Includes water and electrical hookup
20 Unimproved Campsites

$18/night plus tax

Water hookup only
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/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. (Cabins & day-use area map)

Deluxe Cabins

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

14 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double beds, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper
Group Camp

$300/night plus tax

Includes dining hall/kitchen and 2 dormitory-style wings, sleeping up to 52 people
Pavilions

$70/day

2 available; Maximum Occupancy of 60 people, each. *Units are equipped with electrical lighting.
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.
Canoe Rentals

$25 per day

Includes 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 Tickfaw State Park

  • Gum Cypress Trail – 1/2 mile (ADA accessible)
  • Pine Hardwood Trail – 1/2 mile
  • River Overlook/Bottomland HardwoodTrail – 3/4 mile
  • River Trail – 3 miles

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.