Lake Claiborne State Park is located in north-central Louisiana, between the towns and cities of Shreveport, Monroe, and Arcadia. The park was created in the early 1970s, and is the primary gateway to Lake Claiborne; a scenic lake that was formed with the damming of the Bayou D'Arbonne river. The state park lies on the lake’s southernmost shore, providing boat launches, fishing spots, and all the amenities of lakeside recreation. The somewhat unfrequented park and lake make it the perfect Louisiana state park to visit with an RV rental. Although relatively isolated, accessing Lake Claiborne State Park with a rental RV is very simple. Highway 519 runs from Interstate 20 to the park’s boundary.
Rent a camper near Lake Claiborne State Park and immerse yourself in the lakes crystal clear waters, hike around the parks many trails and routes, and above all else, find peace and relaxation in this rural Louisiana woodland area. Search for an RV in Claiborne Parish to begin your own Lake Claiborne State Park adventure.
The main draw bringing campers to Lake Claiborne State Park has to be the lake itself. Anglers who set up camp at the state park will be pleased to hear that the lake is a popular fishing spot, full of a variety of fish species. The lake is best known for its bass fish, holding the state record for the fifth and sixth largest striped bass. As well as the striped bass, there are largemouth bass, bluegill, chain pickerel, channel catfish, northern pike, and yellow perch. This plethora of fish is enough to entice Lake Claiborne State Park campers to the water time after time.
Along with the fantastic fishing out on the lake, boating is also a great way to spend your time at Lake Claiborne State Park. The vast six-hundred acres of water are perfect for exploring in all kinds of water-going vessels. Access to the water is made easier with four boat ramps dotted around the edge of the lake, one of which is found within the state park itself. Those motorhome camping without their own boats should not worry, Lake Claiborne State Park hires out kayaks, canoes, and flat bottom boats - all including paddles and life jackets. Once you have enjoyed your time out on the pristine water, be sure to head to the designated beach along the lake for a refreshing swim.
Lake Claiborne State Park does not just offer lakeside recreation, the park itself has a network of hiking trails and cycling trails - great for exploring the lush woodlands that give this area its camping appeal. ‘White Tail Trail’ is an ideal trail to attempt for both the experienced and beginner hiker, it will also give campers the chance to catch a glimpse of Lake Claiborne State Park’s resident white-tailed deer. The park is also home to two 18 basket disk-golf courses, perfect for getting a little competitive with the family.
Camping at Lake Claiborne State Park
Those RV camping at Lake Claiborne State Park will be provided with all the facilities and amenities an RV camper could hope for. The park is home to over 87 campsites, each provided with full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Facilities on-site include a dump station, laundrette, shower block, flushing toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. Many of the sites at Lake Claiborne State Park campground are pull-thru sites, meaning all sizes or rigs are welcome here. Pets are also welcome here but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative campsite to the one at the state park is the ‘Pleasure Point Marina RV Park.’ This campground offers 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups, along with a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, laundry service, and an on-site general store.
Exploring the Area
Monroe, one of the largest cities in Louisiana, is only a short drive from Lake Claiborne State Park and well worth a visit. The ‘Louisana Purchase Gardens and Zoo’ is a sight not to be missed when in the city of Monroe. This 80-acre zoological park exhibits up to five hundred animals, many of which are uniquely exotic and rare to see. Animals here include De Brazza's monkey, black-necked swan, black swan, hippo, agile gibbon, kangaroo, wallaby, peacock, Egyptian geese, parrots, and leopards. This is the perfect day out for those with a love of wildlife.
The city of Shreveport is only an hour’s drive west of Lake Claiborne State Park and offers campers a wide range of day trips for the entire family, one of these is the ‘Splash Kingdom Water Park.’ This waterpark, located on the outskirts of Shreveport, is the perfect day out for families, especially those with young children. The waterpark is home to thrilling attractions such as the super-speed water slide, a wave machine filled pool, and the ‘lazy river’ - perfect for relaxing. The kids' castle area is ideal for small children and is always watched by a team of lifeguards. This water park offers something fun for everyone.
The ‘Sci-Port Discovery Center’ in Shreveport is also a must-see when in the city. The science center encourages all ages to explore the world of math, science, and technology and features an IMAX Dome Theater & Laser Space Dome Planetarium. The center also includes over 200 hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, and demonstrations. This is also ideal for young children, as the center offers a ‘learn through play’ section.