Chicot State Park
|Chicot State Park|
|Location||Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States of America|
|Area||over 6,400 acres (25.9 km2; 10.00 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Louisiana Office of State Parks|
Chicot State Park is located near Ville Platte, Louisiana. This wildlife reserve of South Central Louisiana features 6,400 acres (26 km2) of rolling hills surrounding a 2,000-acre (8 km2) man-made lake stocked with bass, crappie (sac-au-lait), bluegill, and red-ear sunfish. Chicot Park offers fishing boat rentals, pavilions, barbecue pits, picnic areas, restrooms, primitive hike-to campsites, lodges, and furnished cabins. The park is home to a number of wild animal species, including whitetail deer, raccoons, coyotes, and bobcats.
One of the older Louisiana parks, the park was added to the Louisiana State Park system in 1939. Under the direction of the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps significantly developed the area.
Fishing is encouraged at the park with a boathouse, three boat launches, and boat rental facilities. The waters of Lake Chicot are habitat to largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish.
A hiking/backpacking trail encircles the lake and supports several primitive campsites. The trail is tailored for mountain bikes and cycling is encouraged throughout the park. The park includes a 22-mile (35 km) hiking trail.
The southern landing includes cabins, group camp, lodge, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. The northern landing features campsites, a playgrounds, and a primitive group-camping area. The East landing includes a meeting room and barbecue pavilion.
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- Louisiana State Parks Cajun Country Brochure. Louisiana State Parks. 2007.
- 2009 Wall Calendar - 75 Years of Celebrating Louisiana's Treasures and Making Memories. Louisiana State Parks. 2009.
- Office of State Parks - Teacher's Guide. Louisiana State Parks. 2002.
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