The reservoir, just three miles north of Delhi in Richland Parish, was created in 2001 as a water resource for the area and outdoor recreation outlet.
The site name is derived from a nearby Native American site consisting of complex earthworks and artifacts. Dubbed the Poverty Point culture, its people settled on the banks of Bayou Macon, near what is now the community of Epps, between 1,400 and 700 B.C. Park guests are only 20 minutes away from Poverty Point State Historic Site for day trips to what has become a focal point for archaeological research since the mid 20th century.
The fish and wildlife species inhabiting or migrating through the reservoir are numerous. Anglers can fish the lake year round for largemouth bass, black crappie, blue gill and channel catfish. The region falls within the Mississippi Flyway for many winged species. Depending on the season, visitors will see cormorants, ducks, geese and pelicans.
Special attention should be given to any Louisiana black bear sightings on or near the reservoir. The eastern edge of the park, along Bayou Macon, contains attractive bear habitat and visitors are cautioned to keep all exterior cabin areas and day-use areas cleared of accessible food products and refuse. Bear-proof containers are provided for waste disposal throughout the park.
Recreation on the Water
Day-use and overnight visitors will enjoy the lake for fishing and boating. The two, four-lane boat launches, one at the North Marina Complex and one at the South Landing, provide access to the water. Both gated launch areas will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., including weekends and holidays. A fish cleaning station is provided at each launch area for visitor use.
All applicable state rules and regulations for fishermen and boaters must be observed. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park rules and regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fishing licenses are required for all anglers 16 years of age and older.
All watercraft shall be properly registered and in compliance with all regulations established by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Operation of watercraft in a careless or reckless manner is prohibited.
No watercraft may be operated within fifty (50) feet of a shoreline, structures or swimmers at a speed greater than headway speed (the speed just fast enough so that the operator can steer).
Maximum speed for watercraft traveling between sunset and sunrise is twenty (20) mph, or minimum planing speed.
Maximum watercraft noise level is 85 decibels at idle speed for motorized watercraft. Any watercraft equipped with an optional exhaust noise suppression device, must have the device engaged when in a NO Wake Zone.
Watercraft are not allowed in designated beach areas.
All watercraft must have on board a current day-use receipt or Resident Boat Permit.
Operators shall not moor watercraft to any buoy or other man-made structure other than a dock built specifically for mooring.
No person shall ski or tow a skier in any area outside a designated skiing area.
No person shall ski or tow a skier between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
The use of personal watercraft such as jet skis or similar watercraft is prohibited.
North Marina Complex
The North Marina Complex, off La. 17 on the northwest corner of the lake, features a swimming beach area, boat launch, marina with 48 covered boat slips, concession area, fishing pier and fish cleaning station. The marina complex will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closing at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
The rental boat slips in the marina complex will be available on an annual lease basis and distributed to the general public through a lottery selection procedure conducted by State Parks. Lease rental fees range from $75 (per month) for those choosing to use the slip for storage only to $150 (per month) for watercraft with overnight accommodations that will be used for overnight stays. Each boat slip provides connections for electricity and water.
Four two-bedroom lodges, each with an upstairs with loft, overlook the south shore of the lake. The lodges will each sleep 10 people and rent for $90 per night. Lodges provide full kitchen, bathroom, screened porches and open deck. Bed linens, basic kitchen utensils and dishware are provided with each unit. Visitors must bring their own towels. A covered boat dock is provided for lodge guests on the southwest shoreline across from the lodge area.
Recreation - Fishing, boating
Climate - 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.
The site is three miles north of Delhi with separate South Landing and North Marina Complex entrances off La. 17. Travelers heading east or west on I-20 take the Delhi exit and go north. Lodge reservations can be made by calling 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652).