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Park it: Fish. Eat. Sleep.

I love the t-shirts that say, “Fish. Eat. Sleep.“.  I have always wanted to be able to do that, and have some friends who think that is all I do. But I can only dream about it. But if you want to give that a shot, there is no better place to try than at a state park like Lake D’Arbonne State Park between Bernice and Farmerville.

Spring is finally here (I hope) and while many of the camping spots are empty, the pool is closed for a while longer and its still pretty quiet in the picnic area, now is the time to start making plans for a State Park trip.

You can get all the details on the park at  http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ilakedarb.aspx .

At the nearby Lake D’Arbonne State Park between Bernice and Farmerville, there is plenty to see and do and it’s a very family friendly facility. Piney forests, rolling hills, five fishing piers, and a beautiful lake draw visitors to this quiet, majestic state

One of the state park fishing piers

One of the state park fishing piers

park. Designed to keep the focus on nature, park facilities blend with the natural landscape to enhance the outdoor experience of this 655-acre park. The park has some of the best fishing piers who will find anywhere. The 15,250-acre lake is the centerpiece of the park. Recreation on Lake D’Arbonne is tremendously popular among locals and visitors, and record freshwater catches of bass, crappie, catfish and bream make Lake D’Arbonne a fish factory. There is a first class boat launch and parking area for fishermen using the park. A limited number of cabins are available as well as 51 regular campsites and 7 premium campsites. You can even rent a canoe to explore the islands and shallow water cypress coves nearby.

The nearby woods offer hiking trails, bird watching and nature study that is hard to beat. And cyclists enjoy the challenge of the rolling hills of the park as a starting point for biking excursions into the steep inclines and scenic beauty. Lighted tennis courts add to the activity options available for all visitors. There is a top notch golf course located not far from the park on Lake D’Arbonne as well.

Stay for a day, or stay for a week. You’ll be glad you did. And keep that goal in mind: Fish. Eat. Sleep.

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