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Chicot State Park, Ville Platte

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
Chicot State Park is located near Ville Platte, Louisiana. This wildlife reserve of South Central Louisiana features 6400acre of rolling hills surrounding a 2000acre man-made lake stocked with bass, crappie (sac-au-lait), bluegill, and red-ear sunfish. Chicot Park offers fishing boat rentals, pavilions, barbecue pits, picnic areas, restrooms, primitive hike-to campsites, lodges, and furnished cabins. The park is home to a number of wild animal species, including whitetail deer, raccoons, coyotes, and bobcats.HistoryOne of the older Louisiana parks, the park was added to the Louisiana State Park system in 1939. Under the direction of the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps significantly developed the area.ActivitiesFishing is encouraged at the park with a boathouse, three boat launches, and boat rental facilities. The waters of Lake Chicot are habitat to largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish.A hiking/backpacking trail encircles the lake and supports several primitive campsites. The trail is tailored for mountain bikes and cycling is encouraged throughout the park. The park includes a 22mi hiking trail.The southern landing includes cabins, group camp, lodge, picnic areas, playgrounds, and water playground. The northern landing features campsites, lodges, and a primitive group-camping area. The East landing includes a meeting room and barbecue pavilion.
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  • one of the cleanest parks we have been. went on canoe tour of lake and it was beautiful. its a clean quite setting that made our weekend wonderful. 
  • Our family took our first trip family camping to Chicot State Park. We got there and pitched our tent. Right as we were finishing, it started to rain on us, then that night we noticed that everyone wa...  read more »
  • We went here for the first time this past weekend. We rented a deluxe cabin at $150/night. The furniture is very outdated. Can definitely use upgrading. The screened in porch could also use a good pre...  read more »
  • Beautiful, fairly secluded camper clots. Lots of wildlife. Raccoons will actually walk through the campsites. Great fishing. 19 mile loop trail. 30 and 50 amp camper slots and very nice cabins.
  • This is a great trail for hiking and backpacking! My girlfriend and I got to the park and checked in at the office. The lady in the office was helpful and helped us choose the primitive site that would best suit our backpacking plan. We ended up choosing Campsite 4 and headed to the Walker Branch Trailhead. The trail was slick at some spots from it raining earlier that day but that was expected. It took around 45 minutes to hike to Campsite 4 with a few breaks. The trail was well marked and maintained with signs to each campsite. The campsite itself was clean with a fire pit and grill. The next day we hiked back to the car and drove to the office to rent a canoe for the day. A different lady this time gave us paddles and life jackets and told us how to get to the boat launch where we could get the canoe itself. We ended up canoeing all the way to our campsite along a well marked canoe path often close to the bank, through and under hundreds of beautiful cypress trees. When we arrived at the campsite we packed up, paddled back to the car, returned the canoe and we were on our way. Seeing all of the wildlife was perhaps the best part of the trip. We saw a rabbit, an alligator, a deer, a few turtles, tons of frogs, egrets, a hawk, two armadillos and even a hog. All in all this park was great and we will be returning!!!
  • Pretty treed park but quite tight with narrow roads and hanging trees for 35 ft class A.. Narrow asphalt pads but level.. Price 28 not 22. Campground was deserted and can understand why if office is as rude to everyone as us.. --Wouldnt stay there again
  • Peaceful and serene, stunning views, clean csmpgrounds, plenty to do just spending the day without staying overnight. Everything from Primitive camping to Glamping, my tweens girls loved it.
  • very nice state park with campground with a lot of waking and riding trails. a huge fishing lake with large mouth bass, white perch and bream.
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