LAKE BISTINEAU STATE PARK
LAKE BISTINEAU STATE PARK
103 State Park Road
Doyline, Louisiana 71023
Toll Free: 888-677-2478
Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. Memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its open waters, and its enchanting stands of cypress and tupelo trees, the park offers two boat launches, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, two swimming pools, a lakefront beach, camping, cabins, lodges, and excellent fishing!
Beginning in January with the "yo- yo" season and lasting through the spring, summer, and early fall, the dedicated fisherman can draw such freshwater catches as black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish from the lake's clear waters.
Lake Bistineau dates back over 200 years. It began in 1800 when several thousand acres of land were flooded due to a gigantic log jam in the Red River. Gradually, however, as the area was dredged, the lake began to drain. Then in 1935, a permanent dam was built across Loggy Bayou,creating the present-day Lake Bistineau. The dam has since been enlarged, giving the reservoir a surface area of 26.9 square miles, with an average depth of seven feet and maximum depth of 25 feet.
Area 1 is located in the main section of the park, with cabins, a group camp and swimming beach. Picnicking along the lake is tremendously popular at numerous sites equipped with tables, grills, and nearby restrooms. Several picnic pavilions are also available for larger groups. The park's trail system encompasses nearly 10 miles of woodland trails and an 11-mile canoe trail, for visitors who want to see the park's beauty from the water.
Layout Map of Lake Bistineau State Park
Although Area 2 is connected to the main part of the park by the lake, to reach Area 2 by car you will return to the highway by going east off LA 163, along Webster Parish Road 177, to the entrance.
Area 2 includes a group camp, playgrounds, a large picnic area with several pavilions, a swimming pool, a baseball field and a boat launch.
Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
Area 1 also has provisions for those who want to spend the night. Fourteen vacation cabins, complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens, are extremely popular attractions. The cabins have central air conditioning and heat, making them comfortable year-round.
Standard Cabins 7 available, sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double bed, 2 single beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Deluxe Cabins 7 available, 1 is ADA compliant, sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Standard Lodge Sleeps up to 12 people with 2 double beds, 2 bunk beds and 4 single beds.
44 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup).
17 Premium Campsites (5 pull-through campsites, 12 prime location campsites, all with water and electrical hookup).
Group Camp I
Includes dining hall/kitchen and 20 cabins, sleeping up to 160 people.
Group Camp II
Includes dining hall/kitchen and 6 cabins, sleeping up to 48 people.
Local people tell many stories of the successes enjoyed by fishermen on Lake Bistineau.
Beginning in January with the "yo- yo" season and lasting through the spring, summer, and early fall, the dedicated fisherman can draw such catches as black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, bullheads, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish from the lake's clear waters.