Known for its vast array of wildlife and large fishing lake, Chicot State Park also makes for a pawesome place to get away with your favorite pupper. A local hotspot, the wetlands here offer enough terrain to have you in awe for days as you explore the vast forest that is almost permanently submerged in several feet of water.
The campground at Chicot is split into two sections. At the North landing, you'll find multiple loops of campsites along with restrooms, showers, two lodges, and a dump station for all trailers and RVs. Down at the South landing, many cabins are scattered around (none of which allow our furry friends) along with a pier, a dock, and a group campground. Near the entrance, a small store sits where you can purchase food, supplies, and firewood, so you won't have to go without anything!
To get inside the park, visitors need to pay a fee of $3 for a permit. Overnight fees start at $14 during the off-season and go up to $28 for stays on Fridays and Saturdays. The group site can cost as much as $50 per night during the peak season.
Lake Chicot spills off in all directions, creating a wonderland for canoers and kayakers. Anglers will also love it here, as the lake is regularly stocked and home to species such as sunfish, bass, and bluegill. If you and your doggo are up for it, a huge hiking trail runs all the way around the lake -- complete with basic lots to stop at along the way! For those looking to brush up on their plant knowledge, an arboretum is accessible in the park where visitors can learn all about the amazing trees and greenery that live here.
Louisiana state parks keep things simple for our canine compadres, only asking that they stay out of buildings. We recommend you bring a leash along, and, of course, that you always clean up after your woofer so that dogs stay welcome here for years to come.
To get away to a beautiful lake amongst the bayous, be sure to check out Chicot State Park!