Chicot State Park RV & Campground Guide


Chicot State Park RV & Campground Guide

Chicot State Park covers over 6,400 acres of hills and water in South Central Louisiana. Lake Chicot is home to largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and other fish that make it popular with anglers. There are hiking and backpacking trails through the hardwood forest and along the lake. And the park is also home to the Louisiana State Arboretum, which features a mature beech-magnolia forest, an outdoor classroom, and miles of nature trails with labels sharing information on plant life that’s native to the area.

The park gets about a week of rain each month. The weather doesn’t get too hot, topping out in the low 90’s, and it doesn’t quite dip down below freezing. However, it can get very humid in Louisiana and it can feel hotter than it actually is!

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Spring 45-83 F
Summer 70-92 F
Fall 43-87 F
Winter 34-58 F
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Nearby Cities
Ville Platte, LA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park has 198 campsites with water and electrical hookups. If you do choose to camp and rent an RV for your adventures, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the perfect vehicle for your travel plans.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Lafayette KOA Holiday

Stay in this KOA in the heart of Cajun country! The ten-acre lake at the campground has fishing, with no license required, or you can swim or simply relax in the shade. The campground is also close to the Acadian Village, local botanical gardens, and swamps you can tour. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, pool, fishing, mini golf

Poche’s RV Park

This 85-acre campground and nature park has fishing ponds and more. Located in the Crawfish Capital of the world, the park prides itself on its Cajun hospitality.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: fishing, laundry, BBQ pits, pool

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What to Do at
Chicot State Park

Inside Chicot State Park

There’s lots to do at Chicot State Park! There are hiking trails, and birding is plentiful. Here are some activities you can do at the park:

Hiking: There is a 20-mile hiking trail that encircles the entire park. Try a bit of it and then turn back, or grab your backpack and take a few days to complete the entire trail.

Boating: Pop your canoe in and meander the 8-mile canoe trail within the park as well. You can rent canoes and flat bottom boats at the park.

Water playground: Let the kids cool off at the water playground from April through the end of October. The playground is closed Mondays for maintenance.

Birding: There are many species of birds throughout the park, from water-loving fowl to migratory birds that stop off on their way through town. Bring binoculars and keep an eye out for them. You an also pick up A Birder’s Guide to Louisiana, with directions to more than 100 areas for birding throughout the state, and which has checklists of birds and other wildlife and where you can expect to find them.

Fishing: Fish for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and red-ear sunfish. There is fishing from the dock, or get out on the lake in a boat to fish. 

Outside Chicot State Park

Whether you want to familiarize yourself with the history of Ville Platte, learn more about the nature that lives there, or just want to relax and spend a day shopping and visiting quaint restaurants, there’s something for everyone to do!


Cafe de la Salle

The authentic Cajun food at this restaurant comes highly recommended by locals and tourists alike. Try the Seafood Muflatta, or start with fried alligator bites. 

Type: Cajun

Location: Ville Platte, LA

El Charro

El Charro is the best place nearby for Mexican food! Order up a shrimp quesadilla, and wash it down with a house margarita. The salsa comes highly recommended as well.

Type: Mexican

Location: Ville Platte, LA

Main Street Pub & Grill

The Main Street Pub & Grill is known for their pizza, although their shrimp kabobs are also a favorite. Grab a pizza after a busy day exploring, and try one of their cocktails as well.

Type: Pizza, Pub

Location: Ville Platte, LA


Cottage Couture

The Cottage Couture specializes in antiques, gifts, souvenirs, and clothing. There is also an on-site cafe that’s open for lunch. Browse, have a bit to eat, and head home with a unique souvenir from your trip!

Location: Ville Platte, LA


Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum

Just like its cousins zydeco and Cajun music, swamp pop was born in south Louisiana. It even went mainstream in the ‘50s and ‘60s with songs like “Sea of Love,” and “Sweet Dreams.” Producer Floyd Soileau recorded some swamp pop hits at his studio in Ville Platte, and you can now tour the museum in the Swamp Pop Capital of the World.

Location: Ville Platte, LA

Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area

The arboretum is more than 600 acres of natural growth with plants that are native to the state. Botanists, horticulturists, and people who just appreciate trees and flowers will find beautiful vistas and things to appreciate at the arboretum, and whether you visit as a scientist or a tourist, the arboretum will be a memorable visit!

Location: Ville Platte, LA

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How to Get to
Chicot State Park

From New Orleans: Take I-10W, then take exit 151. Get on I-49 N/US-167 N. Follow to LA-744 N/US-167 N. Take exit 23 from I-49 N/US-167 N. Continue on US-167 N. Drive to LA-3042/Chicot Park Rd. and follow that into the park. The park is located at 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586.

Entering Chicot State Park

Like most state parks there is a fee to enter Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park Per Person : $3.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Chicot State Park

Are there designated RV camping spots in Chicot State Park?

The Chicot State Park Campground contains a whopping 198 designated RV campsites. These campsites feature water and electric hookups, drinking water, flushable toilets, and hot showers.

What is the climate of Chicot State Park?

The climate of Chicot State Park is warm, with summertime temperatures sometimes reaching the low 90s. During winter, the temperature usually stays above 30 degrees. The area typically sees about a week of rain each month.

What is the best time of year to visit Chicot State Park?

The best time to visit Chicot State Park is the early summer or early autumn. These times of year are warm but not overly hot, offering a comfortable setting for outdoor activities.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Chicot State Park?

Some of the species you may see while exploring the park include white-tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, and bobcats. The park is also known as an excellent destination for bird-watching.

Are pets allowed at Chicot State Park?

Pets are permitted at Chicot State Park, but they must be on leashes of no more than 6 feet. Additionally, pets are not allowed in any of the buildings, including cabins and lodges.