Lake Claiborne State Park
Dive deep into the crystalline waters of this natural beauty.
Lake Claiborne State Park is home to some of Louisiana’s finest freshwater fishing. Lake Claiborne, a scenic 6,400-acre waterway situated halfway between Shreveport and Monroe, is stocked with largemouth and striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sac-à-lait (crappie), pickerel and bream. Anglers will come home with plenty of fish tales after spending some time on this lake, whose amenities include covered boat docks, a boat launch, and flat bottomed boats and canoes for rent.
In addition to enjoying the diverse ecosystem of the park – easily on display while walking the trails – visitors can also enjoy a rousing game of disc golf. Two 18-hole basket courses have hosted numerous tournaments as well as an annual doubles championship.
Nights at this park are downright enchanting, with star-filled sky views far from city lights. Stay at one of the park’s two-bedroom cabins, pull your RV into one of several paved parking spots or venture deeper into the wilderness to one of the primitive campsites near the water’s edge.
Beyond Lake Claiborne State Park’s borders are many more opportunities to see north Louisiana at its finest. Right in Homer, see the historic Claiborne Parish Courthouse - completed in 1861. In nearby Ruston, check out Mitcham Farms, a peach orchard and country store. And in Minden, explore the Dorcheat Historical Museum.
Entrance fee: $3 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger.