July 13, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Bogue Chitto State Park (pronounced bo-guh chit-uh) is a recent addition to the Louisiana State Park system. It opened to the public on August 28, 2010, after a delay of approximately three months. The new state park is located off Louisiana State Highway 25 south of Franklinton, Louisiana in Washington Parish. The name Bogue Chitto is from the Choctaw language, bok chito, meaning big creek.
The park has a visitor's center, a conference room, picnic pavilions and a lodge overlooking a 90-foot (27 m) bluff. Guests may stay at one of four upland cabins or park among the 81 RV sites. A group camp may be reserved for overnight visitors as well. There is a canoe launch into the Bogue Chitto River, fishing piers, an amphitheater and a water playground. The site contains 11 lakes stocked with freshwater fish. There are more than 7 miles (11 km) of nature trails and 14 miles (23 km) of equestrian trails.
Bogue Chitto State Park is 1,786 acres (7.23 km2) in size. Notable physical features on the site are small streams, cypress-tupelo swamps, and both upland and bottomland hardwood forests. Of particular interest is a gorge known as Fricke's Cave, which contains delicate sandstone formations.
There is a park admission of $2/person; however, I *think* we can get that credited when we rent our tubes from Rocky Bottom Tubing. Phone # for Rocky Bottom is[masked]-1477.
3-hour tube rental is $15/adults; $12/children
4-hour canoe rental is $40.
4-hour kayak rental is $30.
REMINDER: Please bring a picnic lunch and drinks for your family!
After you pay to go into the park, please go to the area where you pay for the tube rental (they will instruct you at the front gate). We will take a shuttle to the tube "launch site" by 11:30. Please be prompt! Once we are out on the water, I won't have my cell phone [masked]).