They don’t call Louisiana “Sportsman’s Paradise” for nothing. We have some of the most beautiful fishing, boating, hiking, and camping opportunities in the nation. Here are 10 spots from all over the state that are sure to get you itching for a camping trip!
North Toledo Bend State Park
On the shore of one of the nation’s largest man-made reservoirs, the pristine waters of North Toledo Bend offer 900 acres for camping, canoeing, fishing, and biking. Fully equipped campsites, as well as fully furnished, climate controlled cabins, are available to rent here.
Chicot State Park
Near Ville Platte, LA, Chicot State Park offers miles of hiking trails and primitive campsites along the beautiful Lake Chicot. Visitors can also rent cabins on the water and paddle with canoes available to rent on-site. The nearby Louisiana State Arboretum offers guided educational hikes to visitors.
Grand Isle State Park
For the cheapest beach vacation around, opt for a campout at Grand Isle State Park and wake up wit the Gulf of Mexico lapping at your (tent) door. Bird lovers have to check out this stomping ground for migrating birds from around the world.
Jimmie Davis State Park
A 5,000 acre reservoir anchors this park, which offers cabins, lodges, primitive campsites, and improved campsites, to visitors for minimal fees. There is also swimming available in the reservoir and in an on-site pool. This park is known for its freshwater fishing.
Kisatchie Ranger District Wilderness Area
Campgrounds abound in this 8,700 acre wilderness area that offers some of the most amazing rolling hills, bluffs, and sandy bottomland landscapes in Louisiana. The Dogwood Campground in the ranger district offers campsites for RV’s, trailers, tents, and groups, as well as drinking water and fire pits.
East of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, this small campground offers a boat launch, a number of improved campsites, and the picturesque Lorrain Bridge, which is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. Setting up camp here puts you in the perfect position to explore all that the Creole Nature Trail has to offer.
Atchafalaya River Basin Camping
Numerous camping opportunities are available in this beautiful area, including primitive sites throughout the Wildlife Management Area as well as well-endowed RV campgrounds that include such amenities as mini-golf and hot tubs. For more information, visit http://www.atchafalaya.org/page.php?name=Camping.
Nestled around a 2700 acre reservoir, this state park is popular with anglers all year round seeking largemouth bass, blue gill, and channel catfish. Visitors can also enjoy checking out the local wildlife—which can include the Louisiana Black Bear! An exciting nearby day trip is to Poverty Point historic site, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country.
Lake Bistineau State Park
Named as one of the best bass lakes of 2015, this park offers a wide array of camping facilities and recreational activities, including an 18-hole disc golf course. Rent a boat or a canoe and enjoy the pristine waters here.
Tunica Hills Campground
A newly developed site for those wanting to explore the Tunica Hills area NW of St. Francisville, LA. This privately run campground offers improved tent camping sites, RV sites, as well as cabins, and is conveniently located near the Clark Creek Nature Area, where Tunica Hills Waterfalls can be found.
Which of these is your favorite? Do you have a must-see spot not listed here? Let us know in the comments below!