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Lake Bistineau State Park

103 State Park Road, Doyline, Louisiana 71023 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Mon 8a
  • Pet Friendly

“Satisfying Blend of Beautiful Vistas”

Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. Memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its open waters, and its enchanting stands of cypress and tupelo trees, the park offers two boat launches, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, two swimming pools, camping, cabins and excellent fishing! Beginning in January with the "yo- yo" season and lasting through the spring, summer, and early fall, the dedicated fisherman can draw such freshwater catches as black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish from the lake's clear waters. Lake Bistineau dates back over 200 years. It began in 1800 when several thousand acres of land were flooded due to a gigantic log jam in the Red River. Gradually, however, as the area was dredged, the lake began to drain. Then in 1935, a permanent dam was built across Loggy Bayou,creating the present-day Lake Bistineau. The dam has since been enlarged, giving the reservoir a surface area of 26.9 square miles, with an average depth of seven feet and maximum depth of 25 feet. Area 1 is located in the main section of the park, with cabins, a group camp and swimming beach. Picnicking along the lake is tremendously popular at numerous sites equipped with tables, grills, and nearby restrooms. Several picnic pavilions are also available for larger groups. The park's trail system encompasses nearly 10 miles of woodland trails and an 11-mile canoe trail, for visitors who want to see the park's beauty from the water.

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Reviewed by
kathenninger

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 17, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful park with nice campsites. Pick #12. It has a deck and dock with wonderful views of the lake. Very friendly staff too.

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Christopher Nash

  • 15 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
March 08, 2016
Rated 4.0

quick trip to just get away. Really Enjoy the location.

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Lake Bistineau State Park

103 State Park Road
Doyline, Louisiana
71023 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • Dump Station
  • Showers

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