Cabins at Jimmie Davis State Park Reopen After Storms

Jimmie Davis State Park is ready to welcome visitors!

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Jackson Parish that puts you in the heart of Northern Louisiana’s great outdoors, have we got a spot for you.

After suffering severe damage from three major storms in three consecutive years, more than a dozen lakeside cabins at Jimmie Davis State Park in Chatham have been rebuilt and are now back open for guests to enjoy vast opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

That’s in sharp contrast from the last three years, when a hail storm in August 2018, a direct hit from a tornado in May 2019 and Hurricane Laura in 2020 damaged 38 of the park’s 48 buildings. Officials say there were so many downed trees that it took upwards of 100 18-wheeler truckloads to remove them all from the park.

You’d never know it to see these cabins now.

New roofs were installed, porches and steps were rebuilt, structural repairs were made and new paint provided the finishing touches. The furnished cabins feature living, kitchen and bedroom areas, along with porches appointed with rocking chair.

The park’s comfort stations, beach restrooms and picnic pavilions were rebuilt as well, along with some boardwalks and piers around Caney Lake.

Peaceful new cabins

Enjoy the peace and quiet.

Welcoming Porch on Jimmie Davis Cabins

Rocking chairs on the welcoming porch.

Jimmie Davis State Park

The great outdoors is at your fingertips.

Jimmie Davis State Park cabin interior

Jimmie Davis State Park cabin interior.

After enjoying record visitation during the past 18 months, Louisiana State Park officials hope the reopening at Jimmie Davis also brings more guests back to Jackson Parish.

Located on a peninsula on Caney Lake, Jimmie Davis State Park offers two boat launches, a fishing pier, water-skiing and more amid a beautiful mixed pine and hardwood forest full of birds and wildlife. There are also popular bike trails and a playground for the kids.

When you’re ready to call it a night, the reopened cabins join a lodge and tent/RV campsites to provide plenty of accommodations for couples, families and groups.

Jimmie Davis State Park was originally named Caney Creek Lake State Park when it opened in 1996, but was renamed in honor of two-term Gov. Jimmie H. Davis in 2003. Davis is also famous for penning the famous song, “You Are My Sunshine” – a point of pride for Louisianans everywhere.