194 Caney Lakes Park Rd. Minden, La 71055


Kisatchie National Forest is the only national forest in Louisiana and spans 604,000 acres consisting mostly of bayous with bald cypress groves and old growth pine. Beautiful Caney Lakes just north of Minden are a part of the Kisatchie National Forest. The Caney Lakes Recreation Complex has a variety of day-use areas to choose from. The upper and lower lakes are perfect for enjoying a hike on the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail, swimming at the day-use swim beach, playing volleyball, fishing from the shore, or picnicking at the vast selection of picnic facilities. Entry to the park requires a day-use pass which is $5 per vehicle (cash only). You may also purchase an annual pass for $30 ($15 for senior citizens).

Water Activities

The open waters of Caney Lakes provide a beautiful vista for swimming, boating, water skiing, tubing or jet skiing. The ski beach area is within easy access from the parking area at the boat launch.

Fish Your National Forest

If you don’t have a boat, several sites can be accessed for bank or pier fishing. Fish available include bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and sand bass.


Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail passes right next to the campground and offers varied terrain for hikers and bikers. The Sugar Cane trail was named for the crop that was once cultivated here, in addition to cotton.

Sugar Cane Trail — 5.7 miles

Lost Man Loop — 2 miles

Beaver Dam Campground

Primitive camping, trailers and campers are welcome! Beaver Dam Campground is situated on the shores of Upper Caney Lake in the Caney Lakes Recreation Complex. The campground is located in a beautiful setting among woods, lakes and hills. Campsites come with electric and water hookups. The group picnic area accommodates up to 200 guests while each campsite fits up to eight campers. A sanitary dump station, drinking water and flush toilets are provided.

*Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites or 12 months in advance for group site.