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Tickfaw State Park Information
Located in Tickfaw LA about 9 miles SW of Springfield. This state park has many places to fresh water fish. One large pond on the property has live alligators in it along with great fishing. Catch brim, bass and perch on live worms and artificial bait like tube jigs. Canoe rentals are available for canoeing the bayous that run through the park. The Tickfaw River runs along the edge of the park which an active waterway for skiing and water sports. For more information on the park visit the links to the left side.
This park is subject to flooding because it is on the Tickfaw River and in the flood plain. Much of this park is swamp land but has elevated hiking trails so you can walk through the swamps in comfort. The Tickfaw Park has to close from time to time due to local flood waters or hurricanes. Call the park for open dates.
Directions To Tickfaw State Park
From Baton Rouge, take I-12 to the Albany/Springfield exit. Travel 2 miles south on La Hwy 43, merge with Hwy 42 and continue one mile to the center of the Town of Springfield. Turn west on La Hwy 1037 and travel six miles to Patterson Road (across from Woodland Baptist Church), then south 1.2 miles to the park entrance. You will pass up
Located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off Interstate-12.
Four Distinct Eco-Systems
Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.
Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons can be seen gathering crawfish and other food amid a mix of palmetto, wax myrtle and native azalea. Sightings of alligators, turtles, snakes, squirrels, opossums, songbirds, wild turkeys, and migratory waterfowl, as well as tracks of beaver, coyote, deer, fox, and raccoons, offer close encounters with wildlife less than an hour from Louisiana's capital city.
The adventurous can explore the park's 1,200 acres that include backwater swamps, and dark-watered sloughs that form the wetland network created by the Tickfaw River. Good chance you will see a gator or two.
Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.
Check posted program schedules for guided hikes on the boardwalks, or you may prefer the more relaxed approach offered during a nature program presentation at one of the three education pavilions and an outdoor amphitheater at the nature center. You can also join a nighttime program, go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin.
Bicycle, stroll, or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Rent a canoe and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. Visitors can bring their own canoes or rent ones supplied by an available canoe vendor. The Water Playground offers refreshing fun for those not quite adventurous enough to explore the swamps and sloughs.
A gift shop in the Nature Center (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) offers souvenirs with a local flavor.