Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Friendly staff. Interesting Nature Trail.

Cons

Lacks wilderness feel.

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Dump stations
Covered picnic areas
Picnic tables
Rental facilities
Wi-Fi
Boat ramp(s)
Marina
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Bird watching
Playground
Bicycling
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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