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
LocationWebster Parish, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates32°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]
Area750 acres (3.0 km2; 1.17 sq mi)[2]
EstablishedJuly 6, 1938 (1938-07-06)[3]
Governing bodyLouisiana Office of State Parks

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.


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]


Accommodations at Bistineau are moderately priced. Seven deluxe cabins, including one suited for the disabled, rent for $120 per night and can sleep up to eight persons. Group Camp I rents for $500 per night and includes a dining hall, kitchen, and twenty cabins which can sleep up to 160 people. Group Camp II rents for $250 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]



  1. ^ a b "Lake Bistineau State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  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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