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Caney Creek Lake State Park - Chatham, LA

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Welcome all fishermen! Long known as one of the premier trophy bass-fishing lakes, Caney Lake can boast that nine of the state's top ten bass were caught in these waters. So cast your line and reel them in--enjoy a great day on the fish-filled waters of Caney Lake.

Located on a peninsula in this grand lake, the park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to all types of sportsmen. Waterskiing is another way to enjoy the clear waters of the lake, which was created by damming Caney Creek in 1986. Don't forget to look back at the lakeshore to appreciate the beautiful mixed pine and hardwood forest surrounding the lake and the birds and animals that make the forest their home.

Once you've recounted the tale of how you landed the big one (again), treat your family to your bounty by cooking out at one of the park's 65 picnic sites. Each site is equipped with a table and charcoal grill. The park's three picnic pavilions will accommodate larger gatherings and are perfect for family reunions, youth groups or any bunch of outdoor enthusiasts who would appreciate an afternoon in the woods.

If you bring your camper or a tent, take advantage of the park's 73 camping sites. Each site is equipped with a table, tent pad, and a fire ring for roasting marshmallows.

Help your kids identify constellations in the sky and the sounds of wildlife in the forest. Two comfort stations and laundry facilities will provide the basics of civilization to create an ideal combination of natural living and modern convenience.

Ready to take a dip in the lake? A sandy beach on the lakeshore is perfect for sunning, swimming, building sandcastles, or just relaxing on a raft. Restrooms and a bathhouse provide the necessities, while the lively beach scene provides the summer fun.

To ensure that there's never a dull moment, the park also has a playground for the kids after a day on the lake. Cyclists will enjoy the park as a starting point for biking treks through the hills of North Louisiana, and nature lovers are invited to discover the beauty of the wooded land and lakefront. Bring your binoculars to get a closer look at the wide variety of birds that live in or pass through the area.

Enjoy the scenic views and great fishing at Caney Creek Lake State Park--brand new facilities and age-old entertainment for the whole family.

Activities & Amenities

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Nearby Attractions:
Poverty Point State Historic Site
Lake D'Arbonne State Park
Historic Town of Chatham
Lake Claiborne State Park

$2 per Vehicle.
Campsites:$12 per night
Annual Permit: A $30 Annual Day-use Permit is available at the park's entrance station. The permit is valid at all State Parks.

Hours and information:

State Road #1209
Chatham, LA 71226
318-249-2595 or

Louisiana State Parks are open 365 days a year. State Historic Sites and Preservation Areas are open 9 am to 5 pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Information provided by Louisiana Department of Recreation and Tourism


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