Description - 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 catches of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. Fishermen will enjoy the convenient boathouse, three boat launches and boat rental facilities.
Chicot also boasts a unique combination of natural resources on land. Mature hardwood uplands and extensive beech-magnolia forest areas add to the beauty of the cypress-tupelo lake environment. Large numbers of deer, raccoon and other wildlife live in the surrounding woods. A birding guide to Chicot State Park is also available for bird watchers. The 300-acre Louisiana State Arboretum, an area devoted to a living, natural exhibition of over 150 species of plant life native to Louisiana, is located adjacent to the main entrance.
Swimming is a pleasure at the Olympic-sized pool on the shore of the lake. Open between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, the pool is supervised by certified lifeguards.
Picnickers will find a wide choice of beautiful spots to dine. Most of them feature tables, grills and pavilions, and many of the areas overlook the huge lake. Playgrounds will delight the kids after a day at the pool or on the lake.
An extensive hiking/backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and includes several primitive campsites along the way. The hiking trail allows the visitor 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.
Chicot is conveniently located near the center of the state, only a two-hour drive or less from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Alexandria.
South Landing (Main Entrance)
The South Landing includes 27 cabins, a group camp, a lodge (click here for facility layouts), two picnic areas, two playgrounds, a swimming pool, a boat launch, a fishing pier and a dock with rental boats. All cabins feature air conditioning and heat, an outside table and a grill. The camping area includes 108 spurs with water and electricity. A scenic road links the South Landing with the North Landing. All visitors to the park must enter through the South Landing main entrance on La. 3042. All day-use and overnight fees are collected at the entrance station at the main entrance.
North Landing (Vehicle Traffic Notice)
The North Landing features 100 campsites with water and electricity, a playground, a boat launch, a dock, a 400 ft. fishing pier and a primitive group-camping area. The conservation lodge is perfect for groups of 13 - 14 guests, and there are two other three-bedroom facilities (one at North and one at South Landing) with fireplaces that may be reserved for up to nine visitors. The North Landing is accessible only through the South Landing main entrance on La. 3042. The park road connecting the North Landing to La. 106 is an exit-only thoroughfare.
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.
Recreation - Fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, and mountain biking.
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.
located in northern Evangeline Parish, six miles north of Ville Platte. Coming from the north on I-49, exit on LA 106 south. Turn left off LA 106 onto LA 3042 south, and continue to the main entrance. From the south, exit I-49 on US 167 and drive toward Ville Platte.