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Address:
103 State Park Road
Doyline, LA 71023

Coordinates:
32.439893, -93.394355

Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 8 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 8 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees
  • $3 per person
  • Free for seniors (62 & older)
  • Free for children (3 & under)

Phone:
318-745-35031-888-677-2478

Email:
lakebistineau@crt.la.gov


Online Reservations

Lake Bistineau State Park sign

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!↓ show more

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, 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.

Although the group camp at 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. ↑ show less



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Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

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) (map)

Deluxe Cabins
REOPENING OCT. 22!
Oct. 1-31, 2018: Use PARKTOBER code
$85/night plus tax
$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
7 available, 1 is ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Group Camp IOct. 1-31, 2018: Use PARKTOBER code
$330/night plus tax
$600/night plus tax
Includes dining hall/kitchen and 20 cabins, sleeping up to 160 people
Group Camp IIOct. 1-31, 2018: Use PARKTOBER code
$132/night plus tax
$240/night plus tax
Includes dining hall/kitchen and 6 cabins, sleeping up to 40 people
Pavilions$50 per day
$70 per day
$120 per day
Maximum Occupancy of 40.
Maximum Occupancy of 60.
Maximum Occupancy of 100 people.
*Units are equipped with electrical lighting.

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities


Camping
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
( map of sites 1-25,61-67)  ( map of sites 26-60)
17 Premium Campsites (5 pull-through campsites, 12 prime location campsites, all with water and electrical hookup)Oct. 1-31, 2018: Use PARKTOBER code
$17/night plus tax

The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass discounts cannot be applied to this special rate.
$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
44 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)Oct. 1-31, 2018: Use PARKTOBER code
$14/night plus tax

The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass discounts cannot be applied to this special rate.
$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities


Additional Fees

Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available. Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.


State Park Operated Rentals


Rental Boats

Flat Bottom Boats$20 per dayincludes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets
Canoes$7 per hour or
$25 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
Kayaks$7 per hour or
$35 per day
includes paddles, life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates
Note on Boating & Fishing:
To combat salvinia, the state Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will draw down the lake August through November annually. The park's boat launch will close during this time, as the lake will be at levels unsafe for boat use.

Hiking

Trails at Lake Bistineau State Park
  • Willis Homestead Trail – 3.8 miles [TRAIL GUIDE TO FLORA ALONG THE TRAIL, courtesy of Riley Troop 1358's Girl Scout Gold Award project]
  • Blue Wing Trail – 1.2 miles
  • Koasati Trail – 2.0 miles
  • Pintail Loop Trail – 1.3 miles
  • Discovery Circle – .4 miles
  • 6-mile Equestrian Trail:
    • Equestrian trails at State Parks sites are open to riders and their own horses. There is a $3/horse per day trail fee, in addition to the normal day-use entrance of $3 per person; overnight campsites can be rented for $22 to $28 per night. Certification of a clean Coggins test is required for all horses brought on State Park property. It is recommended that you call ahead for the status of the trail.

Disc Golf:

Lake Bistineau SP offers disc golf; the course is located near the group camp. Click HERE for a full-size map.
On-Site Activities

Birding
A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

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