Lake Claiborne State Park
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Introduction

Petite 643-acre Lake Claiborne State Park, nestled among the pines in the foothills of northwestern Louisiana, is an idyllic spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Guests can choose from swimming, fishing, bird-watching, camping, hiking, boating, or simply relaxing and enjoying unsurpassed natural beauty. For fishermen, the freshwater lake is lavishly stocked with large-mouth bass, bluegill sunfish, channel catfish, , chain pickerel, bream, and white perch. The lake itself, at full reservoir level, has a surface area of 6,400 acres.

Lodging within Lake Claiborne State Park ranges from lake-view two-bedroom cabins nestled among the pine trees to primitive camping along the lake shore. RV camping sites rest among the slopes of the north Louisiana foothills, offering peaceful shaded spots from which to witness the beauty of the place.

Visitors to Lake Claiborne State Park often enjoy swimming at the park's sandy beach. The beach, situated on an inlet of Homer Lake, is protected from boats and water-skiers. Here guests can work up an appetite for that fresh fish supper by taking a brisk swim in Lake Claiborne's famous clear water. Guests may also find that they wish to take one of the many guided hikes offered by park naturalists

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Transportation in Lake Claiborne State Park

Driving

Lake Claiborne State Park is located at:

225 State Park Road
Homer, LA 71040

Guests will find maneuvering within the park easy along paved roads. There are no low bridges or especially tight turns to worry about, since this park is designed to accommodate very large RVs.

Parking

Parking is available in the campground and at the boat launch.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Lake Claiborne State Park

Campsites in Lake Claiborne State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Claiborne State Park

Lodging within Lake Claiborne State Park ranges from lakeview two-bedroom cabins nestled among the pine trees to primitive camping along the lake shore. RV camping sites rest among the slopes of the north Louisiana foothills, offering peaceful shaded spots from which to witness the beauty of the space.

Lake Claiborne State Park offers: 20 Premium Campsites (12 pull-through campsites and eight prime location campsites, all with water and electrical hookup)

67 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)

Two Unimproved Campsites (no hookups)

Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 20)

The park can accommodate RV’s up to 120 feet in length. All camp sites offer picnic tables and barbecue grills. Ten vacation cabins and primitive group camping are also available. The campground offers a comfort station and laundry facilities to ensure that guests stay is a pleasant one.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lake Claiborne State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Lake Claiborne State Park is a fisherman's dream. The freshwater lake is lavishly stocked with large-mouth bass, bluegill sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, white perch and other fish. The lake itself, at full reservoir level, has a surface area of 6,400 acres.

The park offers both a boat launch and two fishing piers. Guests to the park will also note that there is a sand beach maintained by the boat launch that is immensely popular with visitors. The beach is situated on an inlet of the lake and is protected from boats and water-skiers.

Swimming

The beach at Lake Claiborne State Park is one of the most beautiful lake beaches in the northwestern foothills of Louisiana. Located on an inlet to the lake, there is no wake of through traffic to concern parents. The shallow end of the beach is perfect for toddlers and sunbathers. The beach is long and wide enough to prevent over-crowding. The park offers built-in grills for those wishing to cook out. Guests need only bring a charcoal bag that can be lit and enjoy their barbecue. Plenty of picnic tables nestle in the shade of the pine trees. Guests will also find bathrooms available and with showers.

Disc Golf

Petite Lake Claiborne State Park offers guests many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Not least of which is the option of two separate 18-basket disc golf courses.

Whitetail Course measuring 7391 ft and challenges guests with its heavily wooded hilly terrain. This is the more difficult of the two courses. It winds through the camping areas all the way to the scenic hole 10 that gives golfers a chance to rest and enjoy beautiful Lake Claiborne.

Dogwood Course is slightly shorter than its sister course (Whitetail). This course measures 5281 ft. Guests will find this course better to when they are short on time. The Dogwood course leads guest on a winding path through the South side of Lake Claiborne State Park and ends back at the fee station.

Off-Season

Hiking

The tranquil pine woods of Lake Claiborne State Park are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Lovely nature trails and a scenic overlook will beckon guests to meander the lyrical paths and appreciate the beauty of the area at their own pace. If guests wish to learn more about the space around them, they may be interested in a variety of nature tours, offered on a regular basis by naturalists in the park.

Guests will find that the petite Lake Claiborne State Park abounds in hiking options with:

  • White Tail Hiking Trail -- six miles
  • Dogwood Nature Trail -- 0.14 mile
  • Muscadine Hiking Trail -- one-half mile
  • King of the Mountain Nature Trail -- .45 mile
  • Scenic Overlook Path -- one-half mile
  • Whispering Pines Bike Trail -- five miles

Geocaching

Lovely Lake Claiborne State Park, a 620-acre recreational facility located in Claiborne Parish, offers guests the opportunity to partake in the adventure of geocaching. Many guests may not be familiar with this low-cost outdoor activity. Much like treasure hunting, geocaching asks the searcher to find small hidden caches with little trinkets that can be swapped. Children are easily engaged in this activity.

Guests searching for the cache within Lake Claiborne State Park should be sure to check out the park entrance sign. It is a beautifully done Largemouth Bass. These fish can be found in abundance in Lake Claiborne. Guests are searching for a match safe container. Due to the small size of the cache guests will need a pen to sign the log. Guests should place the cache back exactly where it was found for the next adventurer.

Homer Historic District

Guests to Lake Claiborne State Park who are interested in history will find the Homer Historic District, a 13-acre historic district in Homer in Claiborne Parish, of interest. The Homer Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. It includes 56 mainly commercial buildings. Of these 56 buildings, 39 are contributing buildings, set around a courthouse square and along an adjacent railroad corridor. These contributing properties date from c.1890 to 1936, except for the 1860 Claiborne Parish Courthouse.

Claiborne Parish Courthouse’s stately courthouse, located in Homer's Historic District is located in the town square. The building, completed in 1861, may be of particular interest to guests. The Claiborne Parish Courthouse is one the four antebellum courthouses remaining in the state, and it is the only one which still functions in its original capacity.

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