Lake Bistineau State Park RV & Campground Guide

Louisiana

The history of Lake Bistineau dates back over 200 years. In 1800, several thousand acres of land were flooded due to a log jam in the Red River. By 1935, a permanent dam was built across Loggy Bayou, and the present-day Lake Bistineau was created. This recreational area is located near Doyline and Minden. If you plan to visit this Louisiana state park, you should prepare for the weather. The temperatures dip down into the low 30s in the winter, and summer highs reach the low 90s.

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Weather
Spring 44-64 F
Summer 72-93 F
Fall 53-78 F
Winter 33-53 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Bistineau State Park

Traveling in an RV is a convenient way to explore the country. You can settle down in a state park without worrying about hotel reservations or finding a place to eat. If you have always wanted to take an RV on your next vacation, you can find the perfect vehicle at RVshare. Along with a large selection of vehicles, RVshare will keep you protected with RV insurance and roadside assistance. 

Lake Bistineau State Park Campgrounds

If you want to stay in the middle of Lake Bistineau State Park, you can rent a campsite for your RV. There are 61 campsites with water and electrical hookups. The "premium" sites are situated in the prime location of the park. At these spots, you will have easy access to the boat launches and other park amenities. All the campsites include fire pits and picnic tables. When you stay in the park, you will have easy access to the woodland hiking trails. Depending on the season, the prices range from $20 to $33 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes (selected sites)
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other features: Playground, modern restrooms, and picnic pavilions

Lakeside RV Park

Lakeside RV Park is located in Minden, and it is close to the local restaurants and stores. You can book a spot for the weekend or extend your stay on a monthly basis. This campground has struck a balance between modern convenience and a peaceful natural setting. Lakeside offers plenty of amenities, including hot water, free Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly accommodations. The clean and secure campground can accommodate RVs of all sizes.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other features: Close location to Minden

Cinnamon Creek RV Park

Cinnamon Creek RV Park is another campground located outside of Minden. This campground is an outdoor lover's paradise, and it is close to all the local attractions in the area. The park includes a variety of camping options, including RV sites and camping tents. There are 80 full-hookup sites with sewer, electricity, and water. When you stay at this park, you will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the area.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other features: Modern shower facilities, laundromat, and cable television

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What to Do at
Lake Bistineau State Park

Inside Lake Bistineau State Park

If you love the great outdoors, you will want to visit Lake Bistineau State Park. This park is home to hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails. There are five major trails for you to explore in this park. You can even take your boat and travel down the river. For those disc golf fans, Lake Bistineau has a professional course for players. This state park is also an exceptional place to check out the local wildlife. 

Outside Lake Bistineau State Park

The closest cities to Lake Bistineau State Park are Doyline and Minden. You will find plenty of spots to shop for groceries or dine on a great meal. Along with that, there are a few local attractions that you will want to visit. 

Restaurants

Cajun Bee's Diner

If you want to eat some home-cooked favorites on your trip, then you should stop by Cajun Bee's Diner. This restaurant is known to serve up some good authentic Cajun food. You can get your favorite breakfast and lunch items on the menu, but you don't want to miss out on the fried catfish and red beans.

Type: Cajun, American

Location: 230 Goodwill Road, Minden, LA 71055

Neta's BBQ

For over 60 years, Neta's BBQ has been serving the community of Minden. If you want the best barbecue in town, then you should stop by this iconic location. Neta's serves up barbecue sandwiches and platters. They will even smoke custom meats by the pound. In addition to that, Neta's BBQ is known for serving great burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 1433 Shreveport Road, Minden, LA 71055

Crawhole #2

Crawhole Hole #2 is an excellent place to get your fill of seafood. This Minden restaurant has been serving the community for 15 years. You can enjoy a delicious meal in a laid-back environment. Some Louisiana favorites are on the menu, including oyster po'boys, fried catfish, and crawfish specialties. If you don't want seafood, then Crawfish Hole #2 also has a selection of steaks and sandwiches.

Type: Seafood

Location: 12903 US-371, Minden, LA 71055

Shopping

Brookshire

If you need a few groceries for your trip, then you should visit Brookshire. This grocery store has a wide selection of items, including meats and produce. You can even grab a few goodies from the deli counter for a great picnic lunch. Along with the grocery and household items, Brookshire has a pharmacy to fill your prescriptions.

Location: 205 Homer Road, Minden, LA 71055

Sav-A-Lot

Minden is home to a local Sav-A-Lot. This grocery store is the perfect way to stock up on supplies without breaking the budget. You can find everything in this store, including meats, fish, bread, dairy, and produce. This store also runs weekly ads where you can save some money on your shopping bill.

Location: 505 E. Union Street, Minden, LA 71055

Walmart

The Minden Walmart has one of the largest selections of items in the town. If you can't find it at this store, you probably will not be able to get it. This Walmart has a great assortment of grocery items, household goods, and other products. You can also visit the bakery and deli for baked bread and sliced meats. There is even an auto care center and pharmacy at this location.

Location: 1379 Homer Road, Minden, LA 71055

Sightseeing

Dorcheat Historical Museum

For those history buffs, you should visit the Dorcheat Historical Museum. This museum is the only one located in the city of Minden. It is a perfect way to learn about the history of the Webster Parish area. The exhibits and artifacts all detail the historical importance of this area.

Location: 116 Pearl Street, Minden, LA 71055

Germantown Colony and Museum

Another great historical spot is just north of Minden. The Germantown Colony and Museum is a historic preservation project that is located in Webster Parish. This preserved site was founded by former members of the Utopian Movement known as the Harmony Society. All the buildings date back to the early 19th century.

Location: 200 Museum Road, Minden, LA 71055

Caney Lakes Recreational Area

The Caney Lakes Recreational Area is a part of the Kisatchie National Forest, and it has a variety of day-use areas. You can take a hike on the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail or swim in the waters near the beach. In addition to that, picnicking, boating, and camping are some other great activities to enjoy at this location. Anglers head to this spot to catch catfish, bass, and panfish in the waters.

Location: 194 Caney Lakes Park Road, Minden, LA 71055

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How to Get to
Lake Bistineau State Park

If you are traveling from Shreveport, you need to take Interstate 20-E to Exit 33. You will go to the right and take an immediate left on Highway 3227. This road will dead-end into Highway 164. From that point, you need to take a right on 164 and drive for five miles until you reach Doyline. At the flashing caution light, you will take a right and continue straight for eight miles. You need to watch out for the Lake Bistineau State Park Area 1 sign on your right-hand side. Once you see the sign, make a left and enter the main gate of the park. 

Entering Lake Bistineau State Park

Lake Bistineau State Park is open from sunrise to sunset for day-use activities.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $3

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