What to do in Lake Claiborne State Park

Something for Everyone

Take your pick: swimming, fishing, birding, boating of all kinds, waterskiing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying unsurpassed natural beauty. It's all here . . . at Lake Claiborne State Park. From the moment you drive into this 620-acre recreational facility, the remarkable beauty of nature unfolds before you. The piney woods, the rolling hills, and the cool, clear waters of Lake Claiborne inspire the outdoor enthusiast in all of us.

The Creation of Lake Claiborne

The wooded shoreline bordering the magnificent lake presents such an unspoiled natural setting that visitors are surprised to learn that the lake itself was created not long ago by damming Bayou D'Arbonne. The land to be covered by water was carefully cleared of trees and structures to assure maximum skiing and boating pleasure for sportsmen. For fishermen, the lake was lavishly stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, striped bass, chain pickerel, bream, and white perch. The lake itself, at full reservoir level, has a surface area of 6,400 acres.

Nature's Bounty

Activities and Accommodations

Campers are invited to hook up at one of the 87 campsites with water and electricity, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. Ten vacation cabins (click here for cabin layout) and primitive group camping are also available, and a comfort station and laundry facilities will ensure that your stay is a pleasant one. Fishermen and water sportsmen may enjoy an excursion on one of the available rental boats, or they can launch their own vessels from the boat ramp. A boathouse with restrooms and a fishing pier completes the waterfront facilities. Primitive canoe campsites are also available for the adventurous.

One of the most popular activities for visitors of all ages is swimming at the park's sandy beach. The beach is situated on an inlet of the lake, and is protected from boats and waterskiers. So work up an appetite for that fresh fish supper by taking a brisk swim in Lake Claiborne's famous clear water. Ecologists and sportsmen alike hail the lake's excellent water quality, and you will too, once you've made the trip to Lake Claiborne. Once on site, you will see the area come to life as a park naturalist will be available to present nature-based programs and give guided hikes.

The woods of Lake Claiborne are also home to a wide variety of wildlife. Lovely nature trails and a scenic overlook will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the area at your own pace. Or you may be interested in a variety of nature tours, offered on a regular basis.

If you prefer to relax among the towering hardwood trees along the shoreline or deeper within the rolling countryside, there are picnic areas with tables and grills, plus a large covered shelter with restrooms. Children will happily spend time at the playground, while you may choose another setting to suit your pleasure–with more than 600 acres at hand, you're bound to find the perfect spot you're looking for.

camping, swimming, hiking, picknicking, fishing

located in North Louisiana, seven miles southeast of Homer on LA 146. To reserve a campsite or the picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

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.

225 State Park Road
Homer, LA 71040

Phone: 318-927-2976 or 1-888-677-2524

Email: lakeclaiborne@crt.state.la.us
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