Lake Bistineau State Park

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Lake Bistineau State Park
Many Cypress Trees at Lake Bistineau State Park.jpg
Scenic byways and marshlands are a common attraction for park visitors.
Map showing the location of Lake Bistineau State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Bistineau State Park
Map of Louisiana, United States of America
Location Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates 32°26′38″N 93°22′49″W / 32.44389°N 93.38028°W / 32.44389; -93.38028Coordinates: 32°26′38″N 93°22′49″W / 32.44389°N 93.38028°W / 32.44389; -93.38028[1]
Area 750 acres (3.0 km2; 1.17 sq mi)[2]
Established July 6, 1938 (1938-07-06)[3]
Governing body Louisiana Office of State Parks
Official website

Lake Bistineau State Park, one of twenty-two state parks in Louisiana, is located on Lake Bistineau, a long and narrow waterway formed in 1800 as a result of extensive flooding created by a large log jam on the nearby Red River. The principal source of Bistineau is Dorcheat Bayou, which originates in southwestern Arkansas and flows through Nevada and Columbia counties before reaching Webster Parish, where it empties into the lake near the village of Doyline. Loggy Bayou, meanwhile, links Bistineau with the Red River.

History[edit]

In 1938, then Governor Richard W. Leche signed legislation establishing the state park.[3] Lake Bistineau has remained a popular North Louisiana recreational site, particularly for fishing and boating, for more than a half-century. In 1942, a large dam and spillway were completed at the southern end of the lake in an effort to maintain a constant water level. Additional land was acquired thereafter, and the park was expanded in 1948.[4]

Activities[edit]

Accommodations at Bistineau are moderately priced. Seven standard cabins, which can sleep six persons each, cost $70 per night (2009 prices). Seven deluxe cabins, with one suited for the disabled, rent for $90 per night and can sleep up to eight persons. The standard lodge rents for $125 per night and can sleep a maxim of twelve persons. The group camp rents for $400 per night and includes a dining hall, kitchen, and twenty cabins which can sleep up to 160 people. Group Camp II rents for $150 per night and includes a dining hall, kitchen, and six cabin, which can sleep a maximum of forty-eight persons. The park offers forty-four improved campsites with water and electrical hookups which rent for $22 per night. Another seventeen premium sites with water and hookups rent for $28 per night. There are two swimming pools open during summer.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Lake Bistineau State Park
Cypress trees and Spanish moss line much of the lake. 
Parts of the lake were drained in 2008 to remove green moss that covered the lake. 
Cypress roots can be seen from the view of the drained lake. 
The original level of the lake can be seen by looking at the cypress roots. 
The green moss is considered a pest and was removed to prevent overpopulation. 
The drained lake provided scenic walkways for exploration. 
Green moss can still be seen on the low water levels at this area. 
A mural of Lake Bistineau is on display in Doyline, Louisiana

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lake Bistineau State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Louisiana State Parks - A Guide to Louisiana's State Parks, State Historic Sites and Preservation Areas Brochure. Louisiana State Parks. 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Lake Bistineau State Park". Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism. Archived from the original on 2005-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  4. ^ Edwin Adams Davis, The Rivers and Bayous of Louisiana. Firebird Press. December 31, 1999. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-56554-437-6. 

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