I believe someone called this campground a Hidden Gem and that is exactly what it is. We planned about three days and just keep extending. By the time we leave it will be over a week. It is quiet and beautiful with great views of the lake. All the sites are excellent; not a bad one at all. Not all sites have water views but if not they have beautiful forest views. The sites are large with level paved pads, a fire ring, gravel patio area and a picnic table. Some of the picnic tables need help but we got a good one. We are in site #20 with a view of the lake across the road. We are on the back half of the loop and most people don't come this far so there is no one around us. About half the sites can be reserved and the rest are for walk-ins. Only 15, 16 and 17 seem to get reserved. The bathrooms need some help but they work. We have 50 amp power and good water. There is a dump station on the way out. Our Verizon phones and jet pack don’t work very well but sometimes they are fine. The Sugar Cane Trail goes through the park and is a wonderful walk in the woods. It is good for mountain biking also. The rate reflects the Golden Age discount. I would definitely return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We, too, agree that this is a hidden jewel! We've not found many National Forest CGs that have hookups or are big enough for our rig. The main thing we had a problem with was that the directions to the CG on the USDA Forest website could have had some additional instructions especially since we ended up arriving after dark. Their directions tell you to go to Webster Parish Road 111, but the highway road sign says "Caney Lakes Rd". The Webster Parish road sign is on the road side (front) of the sign post making it parallel to the road you are traveling and it cannot be seen until you are even with it. We ended up missing the road and had to turn our 38" FW around on a 2 lane road. Not fun! But we did finally make it and were pleasantly pleased. We only stayed overnight on 2 different nights, but would like to return. There is not a lot of lighting (street lights)at this park which is ok with us. Just be sure to have a flashlight handy if you need to be out at night. Another observation we found is that the sites that are "Walkup only" have an Open sign on them and the ones that are reservable have a "Reserved" sign on them, but if they have no dates on them they are basically "open" as well. Check with the host but he was the one who told us we could use one with Reserved on it since we were only staying overnight and it had no dates on it. We payed the $15. rate as we are not eligible for the $9.50 discounted rate. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The comments of previous posters is very accurate. This is one of the nicest forest service campgrounds we have ever been in. We have stayed here twice and are amazed that it always seems underused. Perhaps on holiday weekends it might get more use, but we stayed over a summer weekend and there were only 5 rigs in the whole place. It is a gem. The only negative issue is that you have to drive through Minden to get there. There are some very narrow streets with rather tight turns. It's very doable, but you need to be on your toes. We have a 43' fifth wheel pulled by an HDT, plus a car. We fit in many of the sites. Although there are many tall trees, finding a hole for satellite reception is not too difficult. The regular price is only $15 and the senior pass price was $9.50. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate Golden Age Passport. Another well kept secret in the National Forest Service list of campgrounds, the Kisatchie National Forest, Caney Lake Recreation Area. The roads and wide sites are paved and most have groomed gravel patio area. 50 AMP and water at the sites with a convenient dumpstation on the way out of the CG. There is a buffer zone between sites and the lake, but each site has direct access to the shoreline; however the beach is in the "Day Use" area. There is a boat launch ramp. The road is a little narrow, but access to the sites is not limited or restricted. There are fire rings and grills at the sites and well placed restrooms and separate showers in each section. There is a great bike trail and a hiking trail which takes you around the 350 acre lake. Peace and quiet, helpful park employees and unit manager make for a pleasant stay. We would return if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Absolutely beautiful! We had a site right on the water and the view was breathtaking! The only thing to know is that once you're in the park the first campground sign is for tent camping. Keep following the road to the electric sites. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a find! Located about 5 miles off of I-20 in Kisatchie NF. We camped here on site #17. Quiet, lots of trees, interior streets easy to navigate with a big rig, paved sites, some with lake front view. Best sites are #15,16,17, and 20). Half of the sites are first come first serve and the rest are reservable. Would definitely stay here again. Our rate was Golden Age. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has to be the nicest Forest Service campground we have ever been in. The sites are huge, although all back-ins. There is plenty of room to maneuver so it should not be a problem for anyone. We are 65 feet long and got in easily. We were even lucky enough to find a site where our satellite works fine, although not all sites will work for that. There are large trees, but they are spaced out well. We got the senior rate of $9.50 so you can't beat it for 50 amp with water and huge paved sites. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our kind of camping! Beautiful, lots of trees, lots of space between sites. Quiet, paved, electric and water. Dump station available. Camp hosts came by and told us all about the place. Very helpful. Beautiful views of the lake. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Good Sams rate. Easy access from I-20. As previously noted, check-in must be done over the phone, but no problem. Called, gave us two sites to choose from. We took the wider site near the front of the park, then called back and completed registration. Roads and sites all gravel. A basic park. Mostly long term residents, but front of park seems to be kept open for over nighters. Park was mostly quiet with some noise from nearby truck stop. Wi-Fi apparently available but we were not given the access passcode and we felt it was too late in the evening to call again to obtain code. Strong Verizon LTE and AT&T. No cable, but was able to access satellite TV no problem even though park has lots of tall trees. We camped here in a Motorhome.
An adequate overnight stop if you need one in the area. Convenient access from I-20., but the trade-off is a significant amount of heavy truck noise all night on US 371. Gravel access roads and sites. The sites are reasonably level. and the sites in the back have shade. Except for a few backin sites around the edge, the sites are very narrow with minimal inter-site spacing. In the pull through sites up front, rigs in adjacent sites would be "cheek-to-jowl". In the interior of the park, four back in sites share a common utility hookup area thus 2 sites of each group have the utilities on the wrong side. The park is unattended and uses a self check in procedure (look in the laundry room up front for the paperwork). Power ok, did not use water or sewer, wifi ok (look in back of the paperwork for the passwords), good Verizon signal, no problem with satellite in the front of the park, but might be a problem in the back of the park (especially for rooftop antennae). We would have rated the park a 7 except for the very narrow spacing and the noise. We will probably use this campground again for an overnight when passing through. We camped here in a Motorhome.
You check in by phone (they provide one) there in the laundromat. Kind of weird, made all the more so with the flat screen TV blaring some mindless daytime talk show in the background. Very clean newish bath/shower combo one unit per sex. Places to eat nearby within walking distance. A good choice for the night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a self-registration park. We registered by phone and were given complete instructions on locating our site. This is a small somewhat older park. Some sites seem to be in disrepair, but others appear to be renovated. Pull through site is a double site, easy in and out. Heavily wooded with lots of space for pet walking. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We picked this park along I-20 exit 44 because it gave Good Sam discount. The park has basic gravel sites that are level with full hook-up. The laundry room is clean as well as the shower facility. The park was self check-in but did have a phone number if you had a questions. This park would work for and overnight with places to eat within walking distance. We stayed here in a motorhome. If you call and make a reservation they will give you a site number over the phone. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Everything was very clean and tidy. The park was quiet and the laundry facility is new with new showers. I heard they were getting Internet access when we left. The owners were exceptionally helpful and very accommodating. We camped here in a Motorhome.