Chicot State Park

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Chicot State Park is located near Ville Platte, Louisiana
Ville Platte, Louisiana
Ville Platte is a city in and the parish seat of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,145 at the 2000 census. Its name is derived from the French ville plate, or "flat town."-History:...

. This wildlife reserve of South Central Louisiana
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 features 6400 acres (26 km²) of rolling hills surrounding a 2000 acres (8 km²) man-made lake stocked with bass, crappie (sac-au-lait), bluegill, and red-ear sunfish. Chicot Park offers fishing boat rentals, pavilions, barbecue pits, picnic areas, restrooms, primitive hike-to campsites, lodges, and furnished cabins. The park is home to a number of wild animal species, including whitetail deer, raccoon
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s, coyote
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s, and bobcat
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One of the older Louisiana parks, the park was added to the Louisiana State Park system in 1939. Under the direction of the National Park Service
National Park Service
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, the Civilian Conservation Corps
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significantly developed the area.


Fishing is encouraged at the park with a boathouse, three boat launches, and boat rental facilities. The waters of Lake Chicot are habitat to largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish.

A hiking/backpacking trail encircles the lake and supports several primitive campsites. The trail is tailored for mountain bikes and cycling is encouraged throughout the park. The park includes a 22 miles (35.4 km) hiking trail.

The southern landing includes cabins, group camp, lodge, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. The northern landing features campsites, a plagrounds, and a primitive group-camping area. The East landing includes a meeting room and barbecue pavilion.

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