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Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

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  • A footpath connects the campground to covered pavilions.- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • Hard Bottom Trailhead near the bathhouse of the campground. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • A beautiful scene along Hard Bottom Trail. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • Jesse James Trail Intersects with Hard Bottom Trail not far into the hike. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • A view of Bayou Macon from Hard Bottom Trail- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • Berries found long the side of the trail. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • There are several signs warning visitors of the possibility of black bears being nearby.- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • A pier going across a finger of the reservoir. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • A view of some of the lakeside cabins. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • One of the rustic cabins suspended over the reservoir. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • One of the many bird species you may spot at Poverty Point State Park. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • An elevated boardwalk near the marina. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
  • Some pelicans in the reservoir near the marina. - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
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Pros: 
Friendly staff. Interesting Nature Trail.
Cons: 
Lacks wilderness feel.
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Region:
Mississippi River Delta, LA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer
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As with many of Louisiana’s state parks, Poverty Point Reservoir State Park is centered around water. This particular body of water is a 2,700-acre man-made reservoir. Named after a nearby archaeological site dating back to 700 B.C., Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers camping, comfy cabin rentals, fishing, boating, hiking, and birding. You will have an easy time spotting one of the many bird species that frequent the reservoir because the lake is located along some species migration routes.

You couldn’t go wrong renting one of the dozen cabins and lodges the state park has to offer. The cabins are propped up over the reservoir itself and provide easy access to the water. Each cabin has its own dock and porch. The deluxe lodges across the street from the cabins are genuinely inviting and have that true cabin feel to them. Several of the lodges are connected via elevated paths that wind through the forest between the lodges.

If you’re a tent camper, we recommend camping in campsites 43 through 50, which back right up to the woods and offer some nice privacy while being close to the bathhouse. The bathhouse is notably clean and inviting, and be sure to appreciate the tilework!

Take a hike along one of the two trails that work their way through the forest near the campground. Hiking along the half-mile Hard Bottom Trail will take you down near the wetlands of Bayou Macon, where wildlife can occasionally be spotted. Speaking of wildlife, be sure to secure your food properly while camping at Poverty Point! The area contains attractive bear habitat. If fishing is more your thing, head over to the marina where they offer flat bottom boat and canoe rentals (seasonally). The reservoir is home to largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and channel catfish.

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