Destination Travel

South/North Toledo bend State Park: 120 Bald Eagle Road, Anacoco, La 71403

Nestled in Anacoco Louisiana is one of the beautiful sights northern Louisiana has to offer! Here you can find Toledo Bend State Park. It is split between two destinations, Toledo Bend South and Toledo Bend North! The Toledo Bend State park is located on bluffs over the Toledo Bend Reservoir and have an array of vantage points for amazing scenery!

It is ranked in the top places to bass fish today and hold several tournaments each year for fishing. However, if fishing isn’t your thing, no problem! Toledo Bend State Park also has the options of hiking, biking, outdoor recreational activities, and camping.

The park features two nature trails, OHV trails for ATV’s and other outdoor vehicles, observation deck, camping spots for tents and RV’s, and picnic areas for use of campers or guests! At Toledo Bend State Park you also have the option of boating, with several boat launches it’s easy to make your way into the water for cruising or taking out the jet skis!

Check out their site to schedule your next adventure today!

Lets Talk Survival Skills

There may come a time when you need to use your survival skills. Many problems can occur to where you are needing to know the basic set of survival skills. Knowing these rules can help in a number of ways, along with information on how to carry out these skills! Check out the detailed list below!

  • Food and Water- Always be well prepped on how to find food and water if you find yourself without!
  • Fire- Take the time to learn how to start a fire from numerous items you may have!
  • Shelter- Make sure you are aware of how to built or construct proper shelter in times of need!
  • First Aid- Basic research on how to care for injuries and keeping first aid supplies with you help a lot!
  • Signaling- Try and create all types of signaling methods you may know to signal for help or rescue!

We hope you never have to use these skills in a dire situation, but you’ll be prepared if you ever have to!

Camping Gear Must Haves

There are a few essentials you should bring camping. Whether you are tent camping, traveling by RV or Travel trailer – you’re going to need these top items for your trip. Some of these things will help with cooking, comfort, or just your overall experience on your adventure so we are here to help with a handy dandy list! Check out ours below, and if we missed anything, let us know!

  • Blankets                                                                                     Watch
  • Pillow                                                                                          Portable Power Box
  • Towels                                                                                        Lantern/Flashlights
  • Bug Spray                                                                                  First Aid Kit
  • Map                                                                                             Matches/Lighter

We really hope this helps on your future road trips!

Destination: Bogue Chitto State Park

Bogue Chitto State Park has a multitude of attractions, making it a great destination spot in Louisiana. It has over 1,786 acres of a variety of different landscapes from woodland areas, swamps, hardwood forestry, and small streams. Along with the expanses of nature Bogue Chitto State Park has even more activities to be enjoyed. They offer biking trails, bird watching, fishing, swimming, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, and an equestrian trail with guided tours!

Bogue Chitto offers tent camping, glamping locations, rv sites, and cabins overlooking the bluffs throughout the state park. They also accommodate to those with children with fun activities and their very own playground/water playground. The property has a cave on site as well – Frickes Cave- with boardwalks surrounding it to safely explore and sight see the natural beauty of the cave environment.

A few more things to enhance your visit to Bogue Chitto State Park!

  • Boating
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Equestrian Tours
  • Tennis
  • Disc Golfing

To book your stay or activities during your stay visit their website! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/bogue-chitto-state-park

Camping Recipes: Lemon Blueberry Dump Cake (Dutch Oven Style)

Lemon Blueberry Cake is easily made in your dutch oven that you may have with you while camping! Which makes it the perfect sweet snack or dessert to have on your trip! The recipe calls for very few ingredients and you just throw it all in and let it bake! For the ingredients and directions please see below, and maybe you can make this treat on your next adventure!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Yellow Cake mix
  • One can of Lemon Lime soda
  • One pack of frozen blueberries (may use fresh if you have on hand)
  • One jar of lemon curd

DIRECTIONS:

  • Dump the blueberries in lined dutch oven
  • Pour the Lemon Curd over the blueberries
  • Separately mix Yellow Cake mix with the can of Lemon Lime soda
  • Layer the cake/soda mix onto the ingredients already in the dutch oven
  • Cover with 14-16 coals in a circle on the lid
  • Bake an hour or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean

 

Information Credit: https://letscampsmore.com/blueberry-dump-cake/

Hidden Louisiana Gems

Ever been curious about the hidden gems of the camping world around you? I have. So, I did a little research on the coolest places in Louisiana for camping via tent or RV. I cannot wait to start planning my next few weekends out to head to these destinations. Which ones peak your interest?

Indian Creek – 100 Camp Ground Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485

Indian Creek features canoeing, swimming pools, the lake, and hiking. It also has nature trails to explore, playgrounds for the kiddos, and a game room for family fun indoors.

Visit their page for more information here! https://www.ldaf.state.la.us/about/indian-creek-recreation-area/

Grand Isle State Park – 108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358

Grand Isle provides access to an island channel that connects to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy swimming, crabbing, camping, hiking, bird watching, and sunbathing. They also have a variety of campsites, complete with spots along the water.

Take a look at their page here! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/grand-isle-state-park

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park – 1500 Poverty Point Pkwy, Delhi, LA 71232

Poverty Reservoir State Park offers thousands of acres to explore by camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and birdwatching. You are able to decide between tent camping, RV or Camper stays, family lodges, and cabins along the waterfront.

Visit their homepage here! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/poverty-point-reservoir-state-park

Camping with Kids

Find yourself worrying about camping with your child(ren)  for the first time, or even the fifth time? No one wants to hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored” while trying to have a fun, family outing. To help out we put together a little list of all the cool ideas for kids to do while out in the great outdoors with you. Some may require a items, but most are easily done with just yourself!

  1. Capture the Flag – Divide into teams and use anything handy for your “flag”. Rock, paper, scissors for which team can hide the flag first. One person hides the flag and returns to base, and the first person to find the flag wins.
  2. Park Ranger – Think “Simon Says” only it’s “Park Ranger Says” now. One person is designated park ranger, last person standing after following Park Rangers Direction is the Park Ranger for next round.
  3. Bubble Station – An easy outdoor activity. Poor bubbles for everyone or set up a blower and enjoy the whimsical entertainment.
  4. Bean Bag Toss – This amusing activity has become quite popular in both children and adults. Usually you can find pre-made bean bag games at the store, or you can opt to make your own. Whoever makes it to your target score first, wins.
  5. Target Practice – For this game you might need the help of some Nerf guns or even slingshots. Set up a target with a paper/plastic plate and take aim. By the end of your trip you wont miss the target at all.

Destination Camping: Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park

3469 Chicot Park Road

Ville Platte, La 70586

Description:

Chicot State Park is located in South Central Louisiana on Lake Chicot. The State Park has about 6,400 acres of woodland and waterways. The park features all sorts of activities as well as 3 locations to relax and enjoy natures beauty. The first is the South Landing and includes cabins, picnic ares, playground, boat launch, fishing pier, and boat rentals. The second is the North Landing with campsites, boat launch, and a pier. The thrid is the East Landing which is more under developed but still has basic camping sites and a boat launch.

The park caters to all types of adventurists like campers, backpackers, cyclists, fishermen and fisher-women, and hikers. They also have a 20 mile hiking trail and an 8-mile canoe trail for those who are water lovers.

      • Cabins
      • Fishing
      • Boating
      • Hiking
      • Campsites

Information Credit: https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/chicot-state-park

Campfire Safety

Just in case you forgot, here are 5 quick tips for practicing campfire safety! When camping and using a campfire freely or in a fire pit it’s important to follow the right safety procedures for you and everyone around you, as well as wildlife.

Take the wind into consideration. A heavy breeze may blow fire into nearby objects that are flammable.

Make sure to have water close by. If your fire gets out of hand, having water nearby can be really helpful.

Never leave your campfire unattended. A fire that isn’t monitored can potentially be dangerous.

Watch children around your campfire. Kids can be curious, and sometimes they require extra watching around the fire.

Always put your campfire completely out. Make sure all cinders are extinguished and campfire is no longer smoking.

Bacon and Cheese Pull-Apart Recipe

Is there any better meal than those that includes BACON and CHEESE? Probably not. Which is how we came across a simple campsite snack that has both! Check out the how-to on the bacon and cheese pull-apart.

  • 14 Dinner Rolls (thawed, still cold)
  • 8 strips of cooked bacon (broken into pieces)
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter

First step is to cut your rolls in half. Then pour butter into dutch oven. Roll your rolls into the butter and arrange within the oven. Sprinkle rolls with bacon and cheddar cheese. Cover dutch oven with lid and let rolls rise until size has doubled. Lastly bake 20-25 at 350 degrees. Serve and enjoy!

Information Credit: www.eurekacamping.com