Chicot State Park

Mississippi River Delta + Swamps, Louisiana

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Chicot State Park


  • Entrance into Chicot State Park.- Chicot State Park
  • An elevated nature walk brings visitors to the entrance of the arboretum. - Chicot State Park
  • Vines and cypress trees growing directly out of the swampy Lake Chicot. - Chicot State Park
  • Cypress knees and trees found off of the Bald Cypress Trail.- Chicot State Park
  • Deer are abundant here and can be spotted all over the park. - Chicot State Park
  • The Splash Pad offers kids (and adults) relief on hot summer days. - Chicot State Park
  • A scenic bridge that crosses a central portion of Lake Chicot. - Chicot State Park
  • Small ferns growing on the branches of Live Oaks.- Chicot State Park
  • A group of turtles enjoying the afternoon sun. - Chicot State Park
  • The south landing fishing pier stretches far out into the water. - Chicot State Park
  • Who wouldn't want to stay at this cabin?- Chicot State Park
  • A stand-up paddleboarder enjoys the Chicot Lake Paddle Trail. - Chicot State Park
  • A couple of fishermen try their luck in the lake as the sun sets. - Chicot State Park
  • Toothache tree bark looks about as friendly as the alligators in the nearby lake. - Chicot State Park
  • An armadillo shuffles around in the leaf litter in search of food. - Chicot State Park
Overview + Weather
Lots of activities. Beautiful lake. Ample camping.
Gets crowded during the busy season.
Mississippi River Delta + Swamps, LA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The 6,400 acres that compose Chicot State Park make for some truly scenic exploration. Chicot is surely one of the gems of the Louisiana State Park system. Also home to the Louisiana State Arboretum, this is a great state park to learn about what makes Louisiana nature so special. On the arboretum land alone there are over 5.5 miles of hiking trails. There’s also a 22-mile trail that encircles Lake Chicot, offering both great day hikes and backpacking opportunities with four different trailheads and six backcountry primitive campsites. Each campsite is found near the lake’s edge and offers great privacy for those who like to sleep under the stars. 

Folks who are considering planning a trip to Chicot State Park could easily fill a three-day weekend taking in all that this lake has to offer. One of the activities worth pointing out would be the paddling opportunities found on this lake. There’s an 8-mile canoe trail that takes you through the forested lake, and this is occasionally marked by bright yellow signs so paddlers don't get lost. The state park has both flat bottom boat rentals and canoe rentals that can be rented for the entire day. The lake is filled with Spanish moss-covered cypress trees that really make for an enjoyable paddling experience. 

Some of the other activities that can be enjoyed at Chicot State Park include fishing, playground for the kids, the Splash Pad water playground, picnicking, birding, and nature photography. The state park hosts two separate campgrounds, one on the north end of the lake and one on the south end. Both campgrounds offer water and electric hookups, Wi-Fi, comfort stations, and boat ramps. For those who like to experience nature with a little more comfort, the state park has 17 deluxe cabin and lodge rentals. 

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