Camping in Lake D'Arbonne State Park includes camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, motor boat use, and picnic. Camping is usually available on all four seasons; although it is not common to find any tent camping in Lake D'Arbonne State Park. Tent camping is most common around mid-season, though it is not uncommon to find someone overnight at the campground just before the first snow falls. There are generally a good number of campgrounds in the state park. However, if you are considering overnight camping at campgrounds #3, you would want to avoid camping during the summer months as there is no restroom facilities and drinking water are not available.
Camping is most common around late spring through early fall, when the deer and other deer migrating into the area begin to head for greener pastures. For those who prefer to hike, Lake D'Arbonne State Park has a hiking loop located along Highway 50 that includes many hiking spots. However, due to the high popularity of camping, many have been forced to build cabins to stay out of the busy camping areas. These cabins are also located at close proximity to the hiking trails, making it possible to hike to the cabin and then camp at either end of the hiking trail. However, due to the high popularity of camping and the relatively small number of cabins in this remote area, Lake D'Arbonne State Park does not allow camping between sunrise and sunset.
The lake itself is very well maintained and provides easy access to nearby attractions and recreation opportunities. There are also five miles of hiking trails as well as a boat ramp to use when renting a boat at the marina. There are a few concession stands located at each of the campgrounds as well as a concession restroom and a grill. The campground does not allow overnight camping, however, there are numerous options for overnight accommodations including cabins, hotels, motels, and hotels that feature hot tubs and fire pits.