Serenity, beauty and wildlife combine in this 6,400-acre park full of rolling hills and cool water in south central Louisiana. The clear waters of Lake Chicot make for great canoeing or kayaking, and offer excellent fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. You'll find three boat launches and boat rental facilities. A hiking/backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and includes several primitive campsites along the way. The South Landing includes cabins, a lodge, picnic areas and playgrounds, swimming pool, and a dock. A scenic road links the South Landing with the North Landing, which has more campsites, a boat launch, a 400-foot fishing pier and a Conservation Lodge. The East Landing is accessible from Highway 106. It is less developed than the other two areas but includes a boat launch, a dock, and a barbeque pavilion. Chicot State Park is located at 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte. Coming from the north on I-49, exit on Highway 106 south; turn left off Highway 106 onto Highway 3042 south, and continue to the main entrance. From the south, exit I-49 on U.S. 167 and drive toward Ville Platte; in Ville Platte, turn right onto LA 3042/N. Dupre St., then left onto LA 3042/W. Lincoln Road; veer right onto LA 3042/Chicot Park Road. The park entrance is about seven miles down Highway 3042. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ichicot.aspx Or call 337-363-2403 or 888-677-2442.