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Overview of Valentine Lake Recreation Area

Valentine Lake Recreation Area is located within the Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana. The recreational area offers a variety of outdoor activities, surrounded by a diverse ecosystem and a peaceful setting away from busy urban areas.

Activities and Amenities


  • The area offers both primitive camping spots and sites with more amenities. Campers can enjoy the tranquility of the forest and the beauty of the lake.
  • It is advisable to check if any of the camping areas are first-come, first-served, or if reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons or weekends.

Hiking and Trails:

  • A trail surrounds Valentine Lake, perfect for a leisurely hike with opportunities for bird watching and wildlife spotting.
  • The area has several other trails offering different levels of difficulty and distances.

Fishing and Boating:

  • Valentine Lake is a prime spot for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species like bass and crappie.
  • Non-motorized boating is allowed on the lake, providing a peaceful paddling experience.


  • The recreation area typically has a designated swimming area, allowing for a refreshing dip during the warmer months.


  • There are picnic areas available, making it ideal for family outings or a serene lunch in nature.

Operating Times and Dates

  • The area usually has specific opening and closing dates for various seasons, which can be found on the official Kisatchie National Forest or recreation area website.
  • It's important to check the current operating times before planning a trip.

Fees and Reservations

  • There are usually day-use fees as well as camping fees. These can vary depending on the type of campsite and amenities.
  • Reservations for campsites can often be made through a central reservation system, and some sites may be available on a walk-up basis.

Planning and Preparation

Weather and Climate:

  • The area can have unpredictable weather, so check forecasts and plan accordingly.
  • Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are usually mild.

Wildlife and Safety:

  • The forest is home to various wildlife, including potentially dangerous species. Always store food properly and be aware of your surroundings.

Leave No Trace:

  • Visitors are encouraged to adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the area's natural beauty for future visitors.


  • Check in advance for the availability of accessible facilities if needed.

Contact Information and Resources

  • For the most current information, contact the Kisatchie National Forest district office or visit the USDA Forest Service website.
  • Maps, alerts, and updates can also be found online and should be reviewed prior to visiting.

Before heading out to Valentine Lake Recreation Area, it's recommended to plan your trip thoroughly, as conditions and available services may change. Always follow local guidelines and respect park rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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