At over 15,000 acres, Lake D’Arbonne is one of north Louisiana’s largest lakes. It’s also one of the most scenic, with heavily forested, rolling hills and canyons that prove challenging for even experienced mountain bikers. Lake D’Arbonne State Park is one of the few Louisiana state parks with designated bike trails. Also in the hills near the group camp you’ll find some prime disc golfing on the park’s 18-hole course, filled with a mix of short and long shots.
Tennis courts, swimming pools and five fishing piers occupy the park’s flatter terrain. Wherever you drop a line, you’re almost certain to get a bite. Some of the state’s record catches have been landed in these waters, including catfish, sac-à-lait (crappie) and bass.
On Lake D’Arbonne, you’ll find anglers and water skiers out in force. The dozens of cypress-filled inlets closer to the water’s edge lure fishermen, whether in their boats or one of the flat bottom boats rented from the visitors’ center. Out in the depths, jet skis and high-speed boats make waves throughout the day — with so much room on Lake D’Arbonne, it’s easy to find wide open areas to rev your engines.
At the end of the day, rest easy at one of Lake D’Arbonne State Park’s deluxe cabins, lodges or group camps (which can sleep up to 52 guests). The park also has RV spots and primitive campsites available, so whatever your sleeping preference, you have plenty of options.
Considering Lake D’Arbonne State Park’s location in the rural hills north of I-20, it’s no wonder there are so many other natural areas to explore nearby. State parks including Chemin-A-Haut, Poverty Point Reservoir, Jimmie Davis, Lake Claiborne and Lake Bistineau are within two hours’ drive. Shopping and dining options in Monroe and West Monroe are also easily reachable from Lake D’Arbonne State Park.
Entrance fee: $2 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger.