LAKE BISTINEAU STATE PARK
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, camping, cabins 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 a maximum depth of 25 feet.
Area 1 is located in the main section of the park, with cabins, and a group camp. 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.
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
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.
Standard Lodge Sleeps up to 12 people with 2 double beds, 2 bunk beds and 4 single beds.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There are two boat launches available, providing easy access to the water. Canoe rentals are also offered for those who prefer paddling around and exploring at their own pace. For fishing enthusiasts, there's plenty of opportunity as well with several species like bass and crappie inhabiting the lake waters.
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.