Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau in Lousianna, Lake Bistineau State Park offers stunning vistas and outstanding recreational opportunities. The park is memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, enchanting stands of cypress and tupelo trees, and access to a lovely lake. Visitors to Lake Bistneau State Park will be pleasantly surprised by the recreational opportunities that abound here. The park maintains two boat launches, two swimming pools, miles of multiuse trails, playgrounds, miles of equestrian trails, and a variety of lodging options.
Those with an interest in water sports will find this an idyllic setting for swimming, boating, and fishing. Ardent fishermen can expect to catch a variety of native fish. These include black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish.
Lake Bistineau has a significant history. The lake emerged over 200 years ago when several thousand acres of land became flooded due to a gigantic log jam in the Red River. Gradually, as the area was dredged, the lake began to drain. In 1935, a permanent dam was built across Loggy Bayou, creating Lake Bistineau. The dam has been enlarged over the years. Today guests will find a reservoir with 26.9 square miles of surface area and an average depth of seven to 25 feet.
Lake Bistineau State Park maintains several lodging options. The park offers 67 camp sites that can accommodate RV’s up to 62-feet in length. The park also offers cabins for rent and maintains space for group camping.
RV Rentals in Lake Bistineau State Park
Transportation in Lake Bistineau State Park
The park's address is:
103 State Park Road
Doyline, LA 71023
If driving from Shreveport, you'll take I-20 E for approximately 13.5 miles. Take exit 33 for LA-157 then turn right onto LA-157. Then turn left onto LA-3227E and proceed for approximately two miles. Turn right onto LA-165 E after four miles and turn right after passing the Dollar General. Turn onto LA-163 S and in approximately seven miles turn left onto State Park Rd. Guests will be traveling through a forested area. If you reach the lake, you have missed the State Park Rd turn.
Guests will find parking available within the campground at near both swimming areas.
There is no access to public transportation within Lake Bistineau State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Bistineau State Park
Campsites in Lake Bistineau State Park
Lake Bistineau State Park
Lovely wooded Lake Bistineau State Park offers a variety of lodging options for guests. The park maintains seven vacation cabins, complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens. The cabins have central air conditioning and heat, making them suitable for year-round lodging.
For guests with a more rustic heart, the park maintains 67 improved campsites with water and electricity, nearby restrooms, showers, and a dump station. Campsites can accommodate RV’s up to 60 feet in length. The park also maintains space for group camping.
Groups will enjoy the group camp which provides sleeping quarters for up to 160 people in 20 cabins, a fully equipped kitchen, and a swimming pool. Guests find this an exceptional space for family reunions and church gatherings.
Guests may make the campground home for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. Reservations must be made at least 1 days in advance. The park requests a two-night minimum on weekends and a three-night minimum stay on weekdays.
Seasonal activities in Lake Bistineau State Park
If you visit Lake Bistineau State Park, you'll want to pack their hiking shoes. The park maintains 10 miles of multiuse trails as well as a half-mile nature trail. Guests with an interest in flora and fauna will be wowed by the four-mile Willis Homestead Trail. You can discover many common and uncommon trees and plants along this wooded trail. Those with keen eyes will also see rare trees like the Cow Oak, Florida Maple, Prickly Ash, and Black Oak. Other trails include the 1.2-mile Blue Wing Trail, the two-mile-long Koasati Trail, the 1.3-mile Pintail Loop Trail, and the half mile Discovery Circle nature trail.
Swimming and Boating
Guests to lovely wooded Lake Bistineau State Park will want to be sure to bring their bathing suits. The park maintains not one but two swimming pools. The park offers an exceptional space to relax in the cool water on a hot Louisiana day. Feel free to cool off in the park pools while enjoying the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding woods. Guests will also find boats for rent should they wish to take to the lake. The park has flat-bottom boats, canoes, and kayaks available to rent.
Guests with an interest in water sports will find Lake Bistineau State Park an idyllic setting for swimming, boating, and fishing. Ardent fishermen can expect to catch a variety of native fish. These include black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish. The park maintains a fishing pier as well as a boat launch. Guests wishing to fish from the lake may also rent a boat from the park. The Lake Bistineau reservoir offers over 26 square miles of surface area with many private spaces ideal for tranquil fishing under the hanging Spanish moss.
Horseback riders will fall in love with Lake Bistineau State Park. The park maintains six miles of equestrian trails. Guests who travel to the park with their horses will be pleased to find that there are accommodations for their four-legged friends. Lake Bistineau State Park maintains stalls, a paddock, and a corral for equestrian campers. If traveling with horses, you must be able to provide certification of a clean Coggins test. It is recommended to call ahead for the status of the trail as flooding is an occasional issue. As you ride along the winding equestrian trail through mature pine and hard wood forests, you can expect to see a variety of wildlife. You'll find a relatively flat terrain that allows for a relaxed, comfortable ride.
Lovely wooded Lake Bistineau State Park offers an astonishing number of activities. Amid the scenic beauty provided by the lake and its huge cypresses draped in Spanish moss, you'll find a disc golf course. The course is mostly wooded with a good mix of difficulty levels. The course provides some elevation and offers several challenging holes. There are dual pin positions and dual tees on long holes. Note that the tees are clearly marked with 4x4s. This mostly flat moderately wooded disc golf course is fun for all ages and abilities.
Those traveling with children or having a fascination with the sea will be interested in a visit to the Shreveport Aquarium. The aquarium offers guests the opportunity to view over 300 different species. Don't miss the 2:30 pm shark feedings!
The Shreveport Aquarium invites guests to interact with many of the aquatic exhibits. Sea stars, sea urchins, sting rays, and cleaner shrimp are some of the animals guests are encouraged to touch.