Louisiana April 27, 2018
7 Gorgeous Hidden Lakes In Louisiana You’ll Want To Visit Time And Time Again
The weather is getting warmer, which mean it’s time to start planning your weekends around soaking up the sun! Louisiana is full of different waterways that attract tons of outdoor adventurers, so we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite lakes hiding in plain sight.
1. Valentine Lake
Nestled in the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest, Valentine Lake is a 46-acre lake perfect for kayaking around. Motorized boating is not allowed, but the Valentine Lake Recreation Complex has several campsites along the shoreline of the lake making for a picture perfect, relaxing weekend.
2. Lake Martin
Part of the Cypress Island Preserve, Lake Martin is a nature lover’s paradise. You can set out on a canoe/kayak and explore the lake at your own pace, or walk along the trails. Not only will you see tons of wildlife, but Lake Martin also has some spectacular sunsets.
3. Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is located about an hour outside of Shreveport. This 25,400-acre lake and bayou sits on the border between Texas and Louisiana and is a popular spot for boating and kayaking. The lake is home to more than 70 species of fish, including catfish, largemouth bass, white bass, and many others.
4. False River
This 3,200-acre oxbow lake near New Roads is a wonderful spot for fishing and general water sports. This lake was once the main channel of the Mississippi River in the area, but it was cut off around 1722 when flooding caused a shorter channel to the east.
5. Cane River Lake
Cane River Lake is another oxbow lake, this one formed from a portion of the Red River. Located in Natchitoches Parish, the Cane River Lake runs through the Natchitoches historic district and is probably most well known for its dazzling Christmas light display.
6. Black Lake
Located in North Louisiana, this reservoir is a wonderful spot for fishermen looking to catch crappie. This beautiful, bald cypress-studded lake actually has two names: west of Highway 9 is called Black Lake, and below the bridge is known as Clear Lake.
7. Lake Claiborne
Lake Claiborne is a massive 6,400-acre man-made lake that was formed by damming Bayou D’Arbonne. It’s part of Lake Claiborne State Park, which offers tons of activities like disc golf and hiking trails. The lake is great for boating, fishing, swimming, or just sinking your toes in the sand.
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What’s your favorite Louisiana lake? Let us know in the comments below!