What to do in Jimmie Davis State Park at Caney Lake

Park History

Opened in the fall of 1996, Jimmie Davis State Park was originally named Caney Creek Lake State Park. The 2003 Louisiana State Legislature approved renaming the park in honor of two-term Governor Jimmie H. Davis, who served from 1944 to 1948 and again from 1960 to 1964.

Born in 1899 near Beech Springs, La., Davis attended Louisiana College and Louisiana State University, served on the Public Service Commission and performed as a country/western and gospel singer for many years, including appearances in motion pictures. His music career honors included induction into the Song Writers Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was widely known for the popular tune "You Are My Sunshine", which later became one of Louisiana's state songs.

Davis died in November 2000 at the age of 101 and is buried in the cemetery of the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle near Quitman.

This is no Fish Story...

Welcome all fishermen! Long known as one of the premier trophy bass-fishing lakes, Caney Lake can boast that eight of the state's top ten bass were caught in these waters. So cast your line and reel them in—enjoy a great day on the fish-filled waters of Caney Lake.

Located on a peninsula in this grand lake, Jimmie Davis State Park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to all types of sportsmen. Waterskiing is another way to enjoy the clear waters of the lake, which was created by damming Caney Creek in 1986. Don't forget to look back at the lakeshore to appreciate the beautiful mixed pine and hardwood forest surrounding the lake and the birds and animals that make the forest their home.

A Fishing Haven

Cooking out at Sunset

Once you've recounted the tale of how you landed the big one (again), treat your family to your bounty by cooking out at one of the park's 80 picnic sites. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are provided in the picnic area. The park's three picnic pavilions will accommodate larger gatherings and are perfect for family reunions, youth groups or any bunch of outdoor enthusiasts who would appreciate an afternoon in the woods.

Spend an evening under the stars

If you bring your camper or a tent, take advantage of the park's 73 camping sites. Each site is equipped with a table, tent pad, and a fire ring for roasting marshmallows.

Help your kids identify constellations in the sky and the sounds of wildlife in the forest. Two comfort stations and laundry facilities in the camping area will provide the basics of civilization to create an ideal combination of natural living and modern convenience.

New overnight accommodations include 17 two-bedroom cabins, two four-bedroom lodges and a group camp that can house 120 guests. For a weekend family getaway, family reunion or planned group activity, Jimmie Davis SP provides choices for whatever you need.

There's more

Ready to take a dip in the lake? A sandy beach on the lakeshore is perfect for sunning, swimming, building sandcastles, or just relaxing on a raft. Restrooms and a bathhouse provide the necessities, while the lively beach scene provides the summer fun.

To ensure that there's never a dull moment, the park also has a playground for the kids after a day on the lake. Cyclists will enjoy the park as a starting point for biking treks through the hills of North Louisiana, and nature lovers are invited to discover the beauty of the wooded land and lakefront. Bring your binoculars to get a closer look at the wide variety of birds that live in or pass through the area.

Recreation
Jimmie Davis State Park offers cabins, lodges, a group camp, campsites, picnicking, boating, fishing, and an ideal spot to launch biking expeditions.

Location
located east of Jonesboro, off LA 4. From Jonesboro, take LA 4 east 12.8 miles to Lakeshore Drive, which leads to State Road 1209, approximately 20 minutes away. Park visitors can also access the site from LA 34 at the south end of Lakeshore Drive. To reserve a cabin, lodge, the group camp, a campsite or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

Climate
Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.

Address
1209 State Park Road
Chatham, LA 71226

Phone: 318-249-2595 or 1-888-677-2263

Email: jimmiedavis@crt.state.la.us

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