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The 2,700-acre, man-made lake that is the center piece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of water activities and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl migration each spring and fall. The region falls within the Mississippi Flyway for many winged species. Depending on the season, visitors will see cormorants, ducks, geese and pelicans. Anglers can fish the lake year-round for largemouth bass, black crappie, blue gill and channel catfish. Sightings of Louisiana black bear are possible on or near the reservoir. The eastern edge of the park, along Bayou Macon, contains attractive bear habitat. Visitors are cautioned to keep all exterior cabin areas and day-use areas cleared of accessible food products and refuse. Bear-proof containers are provided for waste disposal throughout the park. The North Marina Complex, off Highway 17 on the northwest corner of the lake, features a swimming beach area, boat launch, marina with 48 covered boat slips, concession area, fishing pier and fish-cleaning station. As on many large bodies of water, wind can make for difficult paddling, but if you stick close to the shoreline you can explore the coves and inlets as you enjoy the scenery. Consider using a sea kayak here, or schedule your paddling early or late in the day when the conditions may be more favorable. The park is located at 1500 Poverty Point Parkway, Delhi. From I-20 take the Delhi exit and go north approximately three miles to the park entrance. For more information, see Louisiana State Parks or call 318-878-7536 or 888-474-0392.