Lake Claiborne offers plenty of bounty when camping, both to the fishers and the nature watchers. Fishes you can catch include largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill sunfish, black crappie, chain pickerel, and bream. And for birdwatchers, since Lake Claiborne is on the Mississippi flyway, you can catch a glimpse of migratory birds, such as brown thrashers, thrushes, and gray catbirds. The lake also has turtles that bask on its banks.
This Louisiana State Park is around a 30-minute drive from Ruston and Minden. From Shreveport and Monroe, it’s an hour’s drive.
Formed in 1970 for water management and navigation purposes by the US Army Corps, this man-made lake has since become a reserve for endangered animals. Ecologists praise the high quality of its waters which are crystal-clear and safe for swimming. It’s an area where man and nature coexist and campers can appreciate birds, turtles, and fish along with spectacular views of the woods.
When camping, Lake Claiborne State Park in Louisiana is a haven for anglers, as the fishing is always good and it’s hard to cast a line without getting a bite. A freshwater lake, it is routinely stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, striped bass, chain pickerel, bream, and white perch.
In the mood for other water sports? There is boating and waterskiing allowed on Lake Claiborne, but there’s also a protected inlet where boating is not allowed so that swimmers and beachgoers can enjoy a restful and quiet time playing in the water.
If you’re a hiker there are many trails you can explore and have the chance to see wildlife and a huge variety of birds, or guided hikes are also available and you can have a docent walk you through the park, pointing out some of nature’s marvels.
Ready to try your hand at something completely different? Lake Claiborne State Park has the two top-rated disc golf courses in all of the state of Louisiana.