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Caney Lakes Paddling

Ozark Plateau + Timberlands, Louisiana

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  • Calm day on the lake.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Boat ramp and dock on Upper Caney Lake.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Heading out on Upper Caney Lake- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Nesting boxes line the lake to provide habitat.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • In the middle of Upper Caney Lake.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Footbridge crossing the creek between upper and lower Caney Lakes.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Some sites at Beaver Dam Campground have direct lake access.- Caney Lakes Paddling
  • Plenty of good fishing spots.- Caney Lakes Paddling
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Pros: 
Fishing. Birdwatching. Camping.
Cons: 
Limited Scenery.
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Region:
Ozark Plateau + Timberlands, LA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
32.673684, -93.293999
Shuttle required: 
No
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
32.673684, -93.293999
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
140.00 °F (60.00 °C)
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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A windy country road outside of Minden leads to Caney Lakes, a pair of idyllic reservoirs tucked away in the woods. With your own boat or paddleboard you can get on the water for fishing, birdwatching, or simply enjoying the sunshine. Lower Caney Lake has a sandy beach and swimming area open during the summer as well as a boat ramp and dock. Upper Caney Lake's ramp and dock is open year round, but it has no swimming area. The upper Lake is smaller, quieter, and perfect for a peaceful day of paddling. Beaver Dam Campground is lcoated next to it, so you can even put on the water from your campsite if you are staying there.

When on the lakes, keep an eye out for resident and migratory waterfowl, wading birds, and birds of prey. You may see ospreys in the trees, wood ducks using the nest boxes, herons and egrets searching for fish, and numerous songbirds in the bushes. The lake and its shores are home to plenty of turtles, snakes, lizards, small mammals, and the occasional alligator.

Caney Lakes Recreation Area is part of Kisatchie National Forest, which is maintained for multiple recreational uses including fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and day use. Please honor all fees, regulations, and seasonal closures that might apply. Avoid littering or otherwise damaging the natural scenery.

This paddle adventure was equipped by and published in collaboration with Bote Boards.

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