The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on tourism in the state of Louisiana, and if you love the outdoors, then you probably have missed heading to one of our beautiful state parks. Well, good news for folks who love Chicot State Park, which is located near Ville Platte. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of State Parks announced earlier this week that Chicot will be opening to the public on Friday, June 26th.

The south campground and cabins are now open for reservations, and Louisiana State Parks is even offering a discount to celebrate. According to a press release sent out this week, "As part of the reopening, Louisiana State Parks is offering a special discount of booking 4 nights for the price of 3. The promo code – WELCOMEBACK – can be used at checkout for stays through September 7, 2020."

The areas used for daytime activities, which include picnic sites, the water playground, the meeting room, boat launch, pavilions, and fishing piers will also be reopened on June 26. Access to Chicot Lake also is available via the East Landing of the park. The landing is located off La. Hwy. 106 on Spillway Road.

Chicot had been closed to the public since March 18 because of the coronavirus crisis. They were selected along with Lake Bistineau State Park as medical staging areas for the state. You can find out more about our wonderful Louisiana State Parks here.