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Chicot State Park, Ville Platte

#11 of 20 in Nature in Louisiana
State Park Nature / Park
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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  • We spent 4 days in their deluxe cabin on the lake. The cabin spacious and well equipped (except a bottle opener). Wonderful place for nature lovers: alligators swim by or hang out under the cabin, dee...  more »
  • We love camping at Chicot. I won't tell you the best spot because I want to keep it all for myself. lol We enjoy camping in a very wooded area away from neighboring campers. Chicot provides just that ...  more »
  • I've been going to Chicot since 1962. I love the vastness of it, the many trees and you can pick a campsite based on total privacy or sites closer together for family gatherings. The only drawback to ...  more »
  • Beautiful park. Represents the state of Louisiana very well. Park rangers and the staff at the pay station was very nice and knowledgeable. A great place to see the state of Louisiana in its natural state and enjoy plentiful wildlife.
  • Lots of rv sites, splash pad for kids, beautiful water and cypress trees! Cabins over the water look very inviting! Can't wait to go back! Negative things were definitely the bath house on north loop, hole from leak straight through the roof! Did NOT USE this facility. New bathroom building next door had shingles on roof which needed repair. Don't imagine anyone provides any matinence on these buildings. They need upkeep. Some areas were overgrown and needed bush hogging, etc. Overall we still liked it. The drive there was nice as well. Staff members at gate were helpful. Enjoyed seeing different events hosted every weekend.
  • This is a very beautiful park with really sweet camp sites. I love it! BUT! Why pray are we letting the bath house walls and floors go uncleaned? There was so much hair in the drain it looked like and animal was sitting on it! The building is fine but it is being allowed to be filthy and this makes showering an ugly experience. For $31 a campsite I expect better. And what is this stuff about using a website or net that charges your customers $6 extra dollars per night?! Inexcusable. This beautiful campground is mostly empty. How about doing deals on weekdays or something to get more people in here? This is a nice place but for $31 I expect really clean restrooms and laundry available too. How about accepting some volunteers to get these bath houses clean before they are filthy beyond help? Something is amiss. And it's too bad.
  • Only been there a hand full of times and each trip I take there there's a new adventure awaiting. Can't wait to go back soon
  • One of my favorite camping spots! Love primitive camping or even their cabins. Great fishing spot too. Go on their hikes.

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