Chicot State Park, Ville Platte

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#10 of 29 in Nature in Louisiana
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 as 4 adults and 3 kids stayed in two adjacent cabins over/on the waters edge first weekend of December. The air was cool and it was a bright blue sky complete with an eiry mist/fog early Sunday mor...  more »
  • Chicot SP Review We were looking for a campground between Mississippi and Texas for a group of family and friends to join up. Chicot was centrally located for us and an opportunity to give the Louisia...  more »
  • We arrived at the main gate after one hours drive. It was $3 for entry to the park for each person, under 3 years old free. We hired a flat bottom boat $20 and a canoe $25 for the day ..as there were ...  more »
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  • Had a great experience. We set up tents in a RV spot and the scenery was incredible. We all felt very safe and secure. The park was extremely clean and we often saw workers driving around picking up trash and checking on maintenance things. The bathrooms were very clean at the splash pad, but I wouldn't use the other ones. They aren't playing around about the raccoons though, make sure to put all garbage away ha! Thanks for a great time!
  • Don't go there unless you are driving a 4 wheel drive truck. Roads are posted as "substandard" in the park and that is totally true. Don't believe online reservations when they say you can fit in a site unless you have a small RV or a tent. One area of the campground was totally inaccessible with a RV. We ended up paying penalties for leaving when we couldn't get into the reserved site. It looked like a great park for day use but not RV camping.
  • We rented a deluxe cabin number 14 for our honeymoon. The GPS took us to the wrong entrance...it was a 1 way, so pay attention to the signs on the road and you will find it no problem. There was no cell phone service and the satellite service in the cabin was terrible, but we did not go for that anyway. The lake view from our cabin was breathtaking! We had a great time walking trails and canoeing (you can rent boats and canoes to paddle the lake, defiantly worth it...the lake was amazingly breathtaking). The Louisiana State Arboretum is located within the park...and has over 5 miles of trails to hike, on top of the trails located through out the park. It was completely worth the trip, we had a great time. The cabin looks like it has recently been updated. I would suggest bring your own blanket and pillows, for a more comfortable nights rest. If you like nature...and breathtaking sites, you will not regret making this trip.
  • We went to Chicot for a bachelor party/mancation and we had a blast. We were in the lodge pretty much by ourselves the whole time. The only time we ran into anyone else during the whole weekend was when we checked in. The cabin was decent and we didn't expect much seeing as we wanted to be "living the cabin life" instead of in luxury. They had TVs so we watched some sports and we sent a lot of time walking the trails and cooking on the pits. I would suggest bringing you own pillow if you are picky about those sort of things. The mattresses were what you would expect if you've ever been to a summer camp before. But as I said we were looking for a weekend to be "off the grid and in the thick of nature" so this was exactly what we were looking for. We are considering making this a yearly tradition.
  • We love this park. There are great hiking trails. The arboretum is also there and is great for kids. There are some really nice spots for tent camping.
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