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Camping in Louisiana is an activity enjoyed by thousands from all states and visitors from abroad. This camping page is a growing resource and list of camping destinations, RV Parks and Campgrounds.

This camping resource is not intended to be a comprehensive campground list, nor does it intend to make any recommendations as to the suitability of any RV Park Campground. In addition, accuracy of the campground list is not guaranteed.

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Louisiana State Parks

Louisiana’s State Parks system began with the passing of legislation in 1934 that created a state government agency to establish, protect and manage state parks and recreation centers. The state of Louisiana has 20 state parks. Many of these parks were build by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

During World War II, around 300 German prisoners of war were held at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park. These prisoners of war provided labor for nearby farmers.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964, officially ended segregation, but it was many years, in fact not until 1972, that the facilities became open for all visitors. During the 1970’s, many advances were made:  park wardens were enrolled in the Police Training Academy;  the state was divided into four quadrants and District Managers became responsible for their quadrants;  the need for long-term planning was recognized and the State Parks & Recreation Commission developed a 15 year Capital Outlay Master Plan for expanding and improving the Parks System.

The evidence of all this planning and effort is shown today by the excellent parks system.  Despite organizational changes and budget cuts in the 1980’s that shut down several of the parks for 9 months, the parks have flourished in the 1990’s. Two new parks were established 2003 and 2007.  Many of the parks were improved in order to house more visitors, and by 2002, more than 2 million people visited the Louisiana State Parks annually. 

The parks include such activities as bird watching, fishing, canoeing, Civil War re-enactments, children’s nature programs, boardwalks, miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails  and camping, either under the stars, in a cabin or RV.

Admission to the parks is reasonable for drivers, walk-in visitors and overnight campers. Reservations are required for all overnight guests.  Disabled veterans with a State Park permit and school field trips are allowed admission for free.  Choosing to stay overnight in an improved campsite, a cabin or a lodge gets pricier, but there are many amenities offered, such as (at select locations) cable television service and towels and linens.  Many of the parks have swimming pools, and will rent out boats, canoes and kayaks. Chemin-A-Haut, Chicot and Lake Bisineau State Parks maintain equestrian trails.

When hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike battered the state, seven of the state parks were damaged extensively, but all of them have been repaired and are open to the public.  2009 marks the state parks’ 75th anniversary and many celebrations and exciting events were planned.  Call 1-888-677-3668 or visit www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ for more information about Louisiana State Parks.

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