By Penny Fox
White sandy beaches and clear blue water with some of the best fishing spots anywhere await you as you plan your next weekend getaway or family vacation in Louisiana. Choose any of the five gorgeous beach campsites in the state below for an unforgettable experience in America’s Cajun country!
Located in the heart of Cajun country, this 42-acre family-friendly campground is clean and has a relaxed atmosphere, live music in the barn on Saturdays, beach volleyball, basketball, horseshoes pits, and a one-acre freshwater swimming area. Canoes can be rented, and there are several play areas for kids, picnic sites, and a pavilion for larger groups. You can even pick up a few things that you may have forgotten to bring at the little general store on premise. They have 95 RV sites or you can rent one of the cottages that have a full kitchen. Certain fees apply so check on the website before you go.
With 87 campsites that include water and electricity, 643-acre Lake Claiborne State Park is a great way to spend your next family vacation. Opened in 1974, this popular campground sits in northwestern Louisiana and has a great beach area, nature trail, plenty of picnic areas with barbecue grills and tables, and your choice of cabins or premium and primitive campsites. The lake is central to the park and is 6,400 acres of fun with swimming, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. This is nature at its best.
Lake D’Arbonne State Park is a fisherman’s dream, and 15,250-acre Lake D’Arbonne is the centerpiece of the park. This very popular camping area is located in a beautifully wooded region of Union Parish and is 655 acres of rolling pine forest. Relaxation is all but guaranteed here, but if you want something a little more active, there’s an extended wooden pier that stretches out into the lake, several trails for hiking, and a swimming pool. Boating and water skiing is permitted, and photographers will find no lack of wonderful scenes to capture along the trails, inclines, and beach area. Overnight guests can stay in one of the cabins, lodges, or occupy a premium or primitive campsite. Fees apply.
This beautifully wooded state park offers the opportunity to unwind, relax, and step back to simplicity. South Toledo Bend State Park is one of two reservoir parks that welcome overnight guests in cabins furnished with basic cookware, utensils, and linens, or a choice of campsites that range from water and electric provided to primitive. Although the park is among the youngest in the state, it has become a favorite for campers and fishermen, and hosts numerous bass fishing tournaments throughout the year. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, birding, biking, and other watersports, too.
There is nothing more stunning than the orange glow of the setting sun reflected in the water of Lake Arthur at Myers Landing in Louisiana. Off the beaten path but well worth the drive, Myers Landing combines the best of all worlds. Quiet and peaceful for those who want their solitude, and there are plenty of things to do who want more adventure. Outdoor activities include boating, swimming, watersports like skiing and tubing, biking, fishing, and miniature golf. The campground has all the modern conveniences of home, but the beauty and serenity of being outdoors. There’s even a quaint general store built in the 1930s where forgotten items can be purchased. Cabins are available or you can park your RV.