Lake D’Arbonne State Park is a state park located in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The park consists of 1,400 acres (5km2) situated around the lake known as Lake D’Arbonne. It has many amenities for various activities, including camping sites, cabins, boat rentals, swimming areas and parks. The park also features an interpretive center open seven days per week. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the Caddo people, who were one of eleven tribes that made up the complex society called the “Lafitte Corridor.” This stretch of land was important to them because it connected their home territory with the Gulf Coast, and served as trade routes along the route of Spanish missions.
Lake D’Arbonne State Park offers several different ways for volunteers to help restore our great nation’s capital. Sign Up Here to Volunteer at Lake D’Arbonne State Park Sign Up Here to Volunteer at Lake D’Arbonne State Park We have three main types of volunteer opportunities here. If you want to spend your weekend helping out in the park, we encourage you to sign up for a full time shift. Shifts vary throughout the day but generally begin on Friday and end on Sunday. Each shift lasts approximately 3 months. During that time you will receive training and education regarding the systems in place at the park, as well as get to know the staff members that work there. After completing your term, you may apply for a permanent position with the park. Another way to become involved is through Home Repair/Rentals.
There are numerous houses and buildings in need of repair inside the park. These include homesickness shelters, bathhouses, playgrounds, picnic shelters and more. Rental income generated from these projects goes toward funding the park’s operating budget. Last but certainly not least, we have the Honor Camp program. This program allows veterans and active duty personnel to earn money while serving their country by repairing campgrounds and trails.
Lake D’Arbonne State Park is currently divided into five separate campsites. Two of those sites are specifically designed for horseback riding, and two others allow equestrians to ride in certain designated areas. All campsites share similar facilities, and each comes equipped with electricity and water. Modern restroom facilities are provided in the central location, and dump stations are available nearby. A large grassy parking lot provides ample space for both riders and non-riding friends and family.
In 1817, after gaining independence from Great Britain, former British colonies began to establish trading relationships with each other. Among these relationships, the United States established one with Spain, which granted American citizens the right to settle in Texas. One group of Americans chose this part of Louisiana instead, because they believed it would be protected by the military power of the United States against the lawlessness of the wild west. They were wrong; the area soon became notorious for violence and lawlessness. As a result, few if any American settlers ventured beyond the safety of the towns and cities. But there was another reason why the swampy lowlands near the Red River were left unsettled: high water.
Every year, the river flooded its banks, leaving behind a thick blanket of vegetation that prevented erosion and gave the region its unique ecology. When the levees surrounding New Orleans broke during Hurricane Katrina, flooding the city and destroying much of what remained, Lake D’Arbonne and its tributary the Tickfaw River rose considerably higher than anticipated. The record-breaking levels forced thousands of residents to seek refuge in neighboring parishes. Evacuations were even ordered across parish lines, into Allen and Lousiana counties. Although most of the residents eventually returned home, not all of their homes are safe. Hundreds of structures remain uninhabitable due to extensive damage done to roofs, windows, walls and foundations.