Tickfaw State Park
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Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.
At Tickfaw State park, you can go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin. Check at the Nature Center for scheduled programs. While there, view the 800-gallon aquarium stocked with fish found in the Tickfaw River. There are also displays featuring the animnals, history and culture of the area and of Louisiana. Be sure to watch the 8-minute introductory video about the history of the park area.
Bicycle, stroll, or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Rent a canoe and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. Visitors can bring their own canoes or rent ones at the entrance station. The Water Playground offers refreshing fun for those not quite adventurous enough to explore the swamps and sloughs.
A gift shop in the Nature Center (open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily) offers souvenirs with a local flavor.
Cabins/Group Camp: Basic cookware, cooking
utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own
food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, paper products, bathroom tissue, towels and linens. (click here for facility
pictures and layouts)
Water Playground - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, from April 1 through September 30. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.
Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)
Trails at Tickfaw State Park:
Kliebert's Turtle and Alligator Tours (41607 West Yellow Road, Hammond, LA 70401) - Tours include the turtle and alligator farms as well as a bird sanctuary with egrets and herons nesting over the alligators.
Ponchatoula - "America's Antique City" (7 miles south of Hammond on I-55) - Historic District renovated in 1920-30 period featuring over 60 antique stores representing 200 dealers.
Fairview-Riverside State Park (12 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22) - Nestled among magnificent live oaks on the edge of the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.
Joyce Wildlife Management Area (2 miles south of Ponchatoula off I-55) - This area is primarily a cypress-tupelo swamp with a small tract of fresh marsh. A boardwalk offers birding and opportunities to view wildlife. Hunting allowed in season.
Global Wildlife Park (26389 Hwy. 40, Folsom, La 70437) - Get eye to eye with giraffes and many other species! 900 acres, more than 200 free-ranging animals, 90-minute guided-covered-wagon tours.
BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810) - Take a unique walk into the Bluebonnet Swamp in the heart of the city. Educational exhibits and a gift shop.