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Chicot State Park
Chicot State Park
CHICOT STATE PARK
CHICOT STATE PARK
3469 Chicot Park Road
Ville Platte, Louisiana   70586

Phone: 888-677-2442
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Chicot State Park
'Comfortable Cabins'

Lake Cabin

Chicot State Park
'Swamp Area'
© Copyright 2007 Lisa Bailey

Swampy area of Lake Chicot South Landing by Loop C.

Chicot State Park
'cove 3'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

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'egret feeding'

Chicot State Park
'RV area'
© Copyright 2007 Lisa Bailey

Chicot State Parks RV area in the South Landing Loop C.

Chicot State Park
'fishing under walker branch bridge'

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 1'

butterfly visits flowers on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 east landing.

Chicot State Park
'under walker branch bridge'

photo taken while fishing under walker branch bridge

Chicot State Park
'blue springs'

view of blue springs from the northern cove.

Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park
'cypress knees'

group of cypress knees on the shore from a cove across from new lake cabins.

Chicot State Park
'Lake Chicot'
© Copyright 2007 Lisa Bailey

Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park
'cove 4'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

Chicot State Park
'cove 5'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

Chicot State Park
'cove 6'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

Chicot State Park
'cove 7'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

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'Rental Boats'
© Copyright 2007 Lisa Bailey

Rental boats at Chicot State Park.

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'Boat Launch'
© Copyright 2007 Lisa Bailey

South Landing Boat Launch at Chicot State Park.

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'cove 8'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

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'cypress tree lichens'

red lichens on the bark of a cypress tree in a cove near south landing

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'bowfin'

bowfin in the net, ready for release

Chicot State Park
'alligator on fallen cypress'

alligator on fallen cypress

Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park
'fallen tree near north landing'

Chicot State Park
'water moccasin'

water moccasin climbs a tupelo gum tree and enters a cavity.

Chicot State Park

water moccasin climbs a tupelo gum tree and enters a cavity.

Chicot State Park
'island of flowers'

a mat of weeds with flowers and butterflies.

Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 2'

butterfly visits flower on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 or east landing

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 3'

butterfly visits flowers on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 east landing.

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 4'

butterfly visits flowers on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 east landing.

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 5'

butterfly visits flowers on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 east landing.

Chicot State Park
'butterfly 6'

butterfly visits flowers on the island of flowers between south landing and area 2 east landing.

Chicot State Park
'moon thru cypress'

view of the moon through cypress tree near the east end of the lake.

Chicot State Park
'Canoe Campsite'

A primitive campsite along the canoe trail.

Chicot State Park
'Chicot Lake'

This is the view from the primitive campsite along the canoe trail.

Chicot State Park
'Chicot Lake'

This is the view from the canoe trail on the north side of the lake

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'spillway'

spillway located between north landing and area 2 east landing. notice water is about 3 feet from spilling over spillway.

Chicot State Park
'spillway'

spillway between north landing and area 2 east landing.

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'north landing fishing pier'

view of the fishing pier from the channel north of the pier.

Chicot State Park
'north landing launch'

launch site at north landing

Chicot State Park
'north landing fishing pier'

view of fishing pier during water draw down for weed control.

Chicot State Park
'north landing boat dock'

view of north landing boat dock during draw down for weed control.

Chicot State Park
'north landing cove'

cypress trees near north landing during draw down for weed control.

Chicot State Park
'morning launch'

launching at south landing launch

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'slot bass'

slot bass caught on olive green jig between those trees

Chicot State Park
'osprey'

osprey on a branch of a dead cypress tree found in a cove across from new lake cabins. cove is blocked by a thick grove of tupelo gum trees.

Chicot State Park
'half dead cypress'

half dead cypress on the west side of the north cove near blue springs, look for moon.

Chicot State Park
'north cove blue springs'

view of the east side of the north cove near blue springs

Chicot State Park
'cove 1'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

Chicot State Park
'cove 2'

series of photos from a particular cove that are overlapping.

Fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking programs--Chicot has all this and much more.

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.

Hiking trails allow the visitor to experience and enjoy the park's natural landscape.

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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
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Swimming
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.


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Picnicking
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.
Trails
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.
Area Attractions
Louisiana State Arboretum-- (LA Hwy. 3042, one-and-a-half miles from entrance of Chicot State Park)--The Arboretum is the home of a magnificent mature beech-magnolia forest and features an outdoor classroom and several miles of nature trails with labeled plant life native to Louisiana.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center-Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve--(250 W. Park Ave., Eunice)--The Center depicts the heritage of the Prairie Acadians. Artifacts, exhibits and live demonstrations portray aspects of the unique culture.

Acadian Town of Ville Platte -- (on US 167 and LA 10 north of US 190)--Ville Platte means "flat town" in French. Its strong agrarian and Cajun traditions and cultural influences can still be found in the spoken French, music, and food of the area.

Historic Town of Opelousas -- The Confederate capital of Louisiana during the Civil War, it was also the boyhood home of the legendary Jim Bowie.

Historic Town of Washington --Once the largest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis, the town preserves its 19th-century architecture and offers an antique mall and shops.

Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway --Traces the historic towns, musical traditions and culture of the Prairie Acadians.

Liberty Theatre/City of Eunice--(200 W. Park Ave., Eunice)--"Rendez-vous des Cajuns" is a live radio show held every Saturday night featuring Cajun & Zydeco music in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.

Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area--(Off I-49 north of Opelousas and southeast of Chicot State Park)--In this 11,000-acre area of bottomland hardwoods managed for wildlife, visitors may hunt (in season), day-hike, bird-watch and view wildlife.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 22 First Visit and Will Be Back
Loved the park! Good - lots of wildlife, beautiful wooded area and lake with cypress trees. Saw an alligator, two deer, squirrels, turtles, birds. The arboretum is nice if you enjoy horticulture and wildlife. Each site has lined trash can that is picked up daily. Great trails to hike (can be muddy) and walking or biking along streets. Bad - most sites are too close for my comfort, some littering, little park patrol. Fishing for us and for everyone there Easter 2014 weekend was not good. Tried worms, crickets, blue and white lure. Caught two small perch off pier. :(
December 11 We had a great time!
Did some primitive camping with friends, really enjoyed the park.
May 9 by Me
Good
May 6 Most beautiful lake in Louisiana by louise
New cabins are wonderful.I am afraid they are going to go by the wayside as far as cleanleness.The cabins are not being taken care of.And not being cleaned as should be.
March 27 Reminds me of WDW by Happy Mama
The Arboretum was filled with sounds of nature with lots of educational information--very well decorated--reminded me of a WDW display. The trails were family friendly with wide, mulch covered pathways-especially for those with skin allergies.
January 24 Amazing, except for partiers
We stayed at campsite 70-something for two weeks in mid-October 2011. Our primary goal was breaking in our new camper and kayaking. For these two purposes, Chicot is AMAZING!! The kayaking was absolute heaven. Our campsite was right near a pavilion on the water, a perfet spot to launch the yaks. The park is blissfully quiet during the week. The only problem we had was people who brought their satellite dish and loud speaker system to watch a football game. They were loud and obnoxious, but luckily the park ranger was very diplomatic and they soon quietened down. Seriously, why go out in the tranquil, quiet woods where everybody is trying to relax and bring the stadium with you? Other than that, our stay was wonderful. Thanks to the park ranger for handling it. Oh, and the facilities were super clean and well maintained. They also had internet in the park for my kids to do their schooling during the week. If you canoe/kayak, Chicot is a wonderland. Hiking trails are great too. Wildlife was everywhere!
March 20 great for backpacking by kmeche
went for the first time this weekend and had a blast. short hike and we were at camsite two. caught fish, watched the supermoon, and enjoyed a roaring campfire. will be back shortly
October 23 Love this place by tigerfan1011
My family booked for 4th of July weekend and we enjoyed our stay. The rangers and the people around us we so friendly and helpful. We are going to definately going to book again. This is our new camping price and for 16.00 NIGHT who can go wrong. I will refer my friends to this park.


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Directions
Chicot State Park--(3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586, 337-363-2403 or 1-888-677-2442) comprised of over 6,400 acres, is 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. To reserve a cabin, campsite, group camp, lodge, meeting room or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

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