Cool Off This Summer at Louisiana State Parks

Travelers to Louisiana can beat the heat this summer at one of the state’s many beautiful state parks, where there are plenty of ways to kick back and cool off.

In North Louisiana, Chemin-a-Haut State Park is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew and is a natural paradise for lovers of unspoiled beauty. The park’s swimming complex, with a wading pool for younger patrons, is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, so campers and picnickers can refresh themselves on hot summer days. While you’re there, hop in a kayak rental and pay a visit to the famous “castle tree” – one of the biggest, oldest most unique cypress trees you’ll find anywhere in the state. If you’re looking to cast a line, Big Slough Lake, located near the edge of the park, offers an opportunity to fish from the shore.

Down south, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park occupies a 6,000-acre site in the Atchafalaya Basin where there are abundant fishing, boating and canoeing opportunities. A boat launch gives visitors easy access to the labyrinth of waterways that winds through the Basin. Rent a flat-bottom boat, canoe or kayak to explore the park on the serene waters. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park also features a water playground where the kids can splash away after a long day of activities.

On the western border of the state, North Toledo Bend is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, North Toledo Bend State Park provides a venue for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant environment. Head out on the water in a boat or canoe rental or take a dip in the park’s full-size swimming pool. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, and relaxing - all of these activities and more are yours to enjoy at North Toledo Bend State Park.

Over on the eastern side, a trip to Bogue Chitto State Park offers a river perfect for canoeing or kayaking, 11 lakes stocked with a variety of freshwater fish, and a water playground. Spend the day horseback riding on equestrian trails that wind through Bogue Chitto State Park, then cool off on the Bogue Chitto River. Canoe, kayak, and tube rentals are available for a perfect day out on the water.

Whether you’re paddling away in a canoe or kayak, taking the boat out for a spin on sparkling waters, participating in water sports like skiing or tubing, going for a dip in the pool, or splashing around in the water playground with the kids – guests are in for a cool time in Louisiana’s state parks.

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