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Jimmie Davis State Park is a park located in Jackson Parish, Louisiana. The park was originally named Caney Creek Lake State Park because it is located on the north shore of Caney Creek Lake. The park was renamed in 2003 to honor former Louisiana governor, Jimmie Davis who is from Quitman in Jackson Parish.
Located in northern Louisiana, Jimmie Davis State Park has a climate similar to all of Louisiana. It is a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. However, it is distinct from the marshy and swampy parts of southern Louisiana. The surrounding forest is a mixed pine and hardwood forest.
From the park, those who rent an RV near Jimmie Davis State Park can drive to nearby cities in under an hour. Monroe is about thirty minutes away and is the home to a branch of the University of Louisiana. Ruston, the home of Louisiana Tech, is about thirty minutes away. Jonesboro, LA is less than twenty minutes away. Baton Rouge is about three hours away, and New Orleans is closer to four hours away.
Jimmie Davis State Park is actually a peninsula on Caney Creek Lake. As such, the park offers many water sports opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. The park has two boat launches for those who rent an RV in Jackson Parish and want to bring their boat. There is also a pier for fishing. The lake is a man-made lake and purely freshwater. It is stocked with largemouth bass; in fact, several of the largest bass caught on record in Louisiana come from Caney Creek Lake.
In addition to fishing, water sports enthusiasts can enjoy water skiing in the lake. The water is considered very clear by lake standards. Furthermore, the park offers water playgrounds that can be fun for the entire family.
Cycling is another popular activity for visitors who book an RV near Jimmie Davis State Park. The park offers a great starting point for a bicycle trip that moves through the northern Louisiana hills. This part of Louisiana is the hilliest part of the state, and it still is not very mountainous. That could be great for bicycling.
Bird watchers should bring their binoculars. The mixed pine and hardwood forest is home to many different types of birds. The agricultural parts of Louisiana, the area west of the Mississippi River, serves as a seasonal home for many different types of geese.
Jimmie Davis State Park offers nine premium campsites and 64 other campsites. The premium campsites offer the best locations within the park as well as water and electrical hookups. The other campsites have water and electrical hookups, but the locations might not be as prime along the lake.
Several of the sites differ in their specific offerings. Many of them have patios, fire rings, and picnic tables. Some of them even have a deck. The concrete parking pads are back-in spots and long enough to accommodate big rigs.
Chatham, LA and other towns near Jimmie Davis State Park offer several interesting stops for those state park camping with an RV. The Louisiana Political Museum in Winnfield is located in the old Winnfield Railroad Depot. The museum houses several different displays, exhibits, and artifacts about the political history of Louisiana. The museum features a dining set owned by former governor Huey Long and a classic truck utilized by Earl Long, as well as several more artifacts. Political junkies might want to stop their RV rental at this museum for an afternoon.
Martin Homeplace in Columbia is a farmhouse built around 1878. The farmhouse serves as a museum for agriculture and culture from northern Louisiana. Many travelers stop by to see the fields of cotton, the authentic farmhouse, and the interesting history.
Frogmore Plantation in Ferriday offers exhibits and artifacts pertaining to the history of cotton farming in northern Louisiana. The museum features an antique cotton gin, rebuilt slave cabins, and authentic cotton. Depending on the season, history enthusiasts can pick some of the cotton-growing on the plantation. Visitors can learn about the history of cotton farming from the early 1700s until now.
The Jerry Lee Lewis Museum, also in Ferriday, is in the boyhood home of Jerry Lee Lewis. The home is now a museum dedicated to the life and the music of Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis fans who book an RV in northern Louisiana might find interesting information at this museum.
Located between Ruston, Monroe, and Alexandria, Jimmie Davis State Park is near many rest stops, truck stops, and gas stations. Travelers should have no problem finding places to eat while exploring the area in their RV rental from Jackson Parish.