Tickfaw State Park Camping Tips For The Beginner

Camping Tips And Advice For The Beginner

If camping is something you have never done, you are truly missing out. It is very relaxing to wake up in the fresh air of the outdoors. If you want to camp, then now is the time, more than ever, to get to it. Below are some camping tips for the beginner that may help with your stay at Tickfaw State Park.

No matter if you are going camping alone, or with a huge group, you need to always bring along an emergency kit. Always keep the bare basics with you in the kit, and make sure that you have water purification tablets in it as well. Take things for specific creatures as well, like antivenom, insect repellent and itch cream of some sort.

Tickfaw State Park Camping Tips For The Beginner

It’s not totally necessary to rough it during your entire trip. You can bring along something comforting from home for your trip. Take something that is lightweight, like a chocolate bar or coffee creamer. Small luxuries can make things more enjoyable!

Make sure to finish setting up camp during daylight hours. Look for a safe parking place if you are camping in an RV. If you plan to pitch a tent, locate a flat area of dry ground. Doing so before nightfall will allow you to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. You can save time by knowing what you are doing. There are plenty of places to camp while you are at Tickfaw State Park.

Pillows are a good item to bring to maximize your level of comfort while camping. The typical pillows will become sticky in hot and humid climates. Mildew can grow in it when they absorb the moisture from the air. Camping pillows are made with a protective, moisture-proof coating to prevent these issues.

Talk to your children about the dangers of camping before heading out on your trip. Show them pictures of plants that are poisonous so they know not to touch them.

It is important to take even greater care storing food if you are planning to travel to an area with active and dangerous wildlife. You will need to keep your food in airtight containers or securely wrapped, and store it away from your tent. Some foods should be avoided entirely. This will reduce your chances of being attacked by an animal.

Did you know that a roll of high-quality duct tape is a great item to take camping with you? It is nearly as useful while camping as it is around the house. Tape can be used to seal holes in your sleeping mattress or bag. Also, it can help to seal any tears, which can make your item usable for the duration of your trip. Tape also does wonders for blisters by offering an additional layer of protection. In a pinch, it can even serve as a bandage for injuries.

Before you engage in a camping trip, make sure to prepare in advance. Not only should you carry a sleeping bag, a few blankets are a good idea also. If it cools down at night or you may use them for extra padding, this can help you stay warm.

Prepare for your camping trip thoroughly. There is always the potential that something unexpected may happen even with the most careful planning. Weather can change, situations can arise, injuries or illness can strike. Try not to take unnecessary risks that can yield injury or illness.

When selecting an area for your tent, look for the area of the campsite with the flattest and softest ground. If you select a bumpy or slanted area, you will have an uncomfortable experience in your tent. Make sure to put a tarp down so that water cannot penetrate your tent.

Before setting out on your camping adventure, plan for what you will wear. Make sure you’ll have clean clothes to wear every day. Pack clothes that will allow you to dress properly for whatever weather is expected in the area where you will be camping. Robust hiking boots that do not tear are another great item to bring while camping.

Be aware of the location of your campsite. You have to figure out a spot that doesn’t have too many insects or problems with any animals. If you camp near abundant vegetation, to minimize poison and insect issues, make sure that everyone wears long sleeved clothing. This way you ensure your safety as much as possible.

You want to be sure that you have a knife or two on hand if you are going on a camping trip. Utility knives have a variety of potential uses, so bring along an extra in your pack in case you drop or otherwise lose the knife you carry on your person.

Pack efficiently and carefully. Have a checklist of everything you need on your next camping trip, and then use that list in full to pack. If you are camping in an area that is remote and has limited access to emergency assistance, this is crucial.

Bring waterproof matches as part of your survival kit. Store them in a container that is both airtight and watertight. Matches can be made waterproof by simply placing them in either nail polish or paraffin for a quick dip. You can stash them in a 35mm film canister or a plastic medicine bottle.

How do you plan to cook your food when you camp? Before you leave so you have everything you need, decide this. It can be extremely hard if you do not have the right cooking supplies, even though people enjoy cooking their food over an open fire.

Always do everything possible to stay safe while on a camping trip. If they are not very large, stay away from wildlife, even. Even smaller animals such as squirrels can pose a danger. Don’t feed bears if you encounter any. The main concerns at Tickfaw State Park are the alligators and raccoons.

Alligator At Tickfaw State Park In SE Louisiana

Follow proper food safety guidelines when you go camping. Pack them in waterproof containers and airtight re-sealable plastic bags if you bring food. Other foods should be kept in insulated coolers when appropriate. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping cooked and raw foods far apart. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before you prepare your food. Cook all your foods completely, and make sure to chill perishables as soon as possible.

You can start planning your next camping trip with the advice you have just read. Just be sure to go prepared, use the tips you’ve learned and act cautiously in the woods. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or an extensive camping trip, you will be sure to have a great time at Tickfaw State Park..

Canoe Rentals At Tickfaw State Park – Call To Get Dates And Times For When The Rental Service Is Available

Call the park to get dates and times for canoe rentals.

This picture was taken when the Tickfaw State Park was first opened.
This picture was taken over 10 years ago. I like seeing Dads taking their children out for an experience like this. More dads need to be doing things like this.

These people did a wonderful job recording this video as they took a canoe trip on a bayou going to Tickfaw River.

Bass Pro Shops Livingston Parish

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs, Louisiana is one of the largest in the South. The store takes on a Cajun Louisiana theme. I have been in many Bass Pro Shops in the country and find the Denham Springs to be my second favorite only to be out done by the store in Springfield Missouri.
 Bass Pro Shops is the anchor store to the planned 75-acre development at I-12 and Range Avenue. The 163,000 square-foot store.
The outdoor store features a bayou theme and offers a uniquely designed aquarium, an expansive boat showroom, and museum-quality wildlife mounts and dioramas.

This store is regarded as part museum, part art gallery, part education, conservation and entertainment center. The Denham Springs store will offer some of the same signature features of other Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores.

The store is designed to pick up the local flavor of the area’s outdoor heritage and include state record fish and wildlife exhibits and historical pictures and artifacts from local hunters and fishermen. This store has made a welcome addition to shopping here in Livingston Parish. This is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise!

Very large selection of shotguns, rifles and handguns. Lots of ammo to!

Bass Pro Shops – Home Page

Fishing Pond And Fishing Piers

You will probably see several alligators in this pond.
Worms, crickets and minnows work best when trying to catch fish in this pond. You can also try small tube jigs. Keep changing colors until you find the color that works best. Start of with a black head and chartreuse green on a 1/8 oz weighted hook.


The gators have a tendency to eat a lot of fish in the pond!!!!

Bass, Brim and Perch can also be found in this pond  and are great tasting fish along with the fun catching them. A lot of people use a jig pole with little tube jig-heads and jig around stumps and tree limbs. I have also used live minnows about 2 feet under a bobber. The fish take the bait slowly and sometimes when your jig is going down and it looks like it hit bottom but you know it didn’t,,, give your pole a quick pull upward. Go ahead and pull in your fish and get ready to go after the next one. Make as little noise as possible because when there is one, there are usually several more just waiting to be caught!

The Tickfaw State Park also has a river running alongside it. You can bottom fish for blue cats using worms. The blue cat is a catfish with a bluish belly on it. I prefer the smaller blue cats and skin them whole. I also like to fry them whole. It’s just something about eating a blue catfish that is whole,,, well minus the head. They taste sooooooo good!

Unimproved Campsites

Tickfaw State Park – 27225 Patterson Road – Springfield, LA 70462-8906
GPS Coordinates: N 30 22.9342, W 90 37.8761.
225-294-5020   or  1-888-981-2020

    20 Unimproved Campsites (water hookup only)
These unimproved campsites are very nice. They come with a water hookup plus restrooms and showers at the entrance to these campsites. This is a nice wooded area with mostly pine trees and small bushes or shrubs. The campsites are far enough apart to give you some privacy but close enough to have a get-together around a camp fire and share some of your favorite stories.

Headline: Warning, Tickfaw Swamp Monster seen again for the first time since this land was turned into a park and campground over 15 years ago. LLoyd Pukermann of the LP Blues

I’m sure everyone that visits the park has heard about the Tickfaw Swamp Monster. The best way I can describe this creature is it comes out of the swamps at different times of the night. Usually when it is the quietest. The frogs stop rebutting, the crickets disappear and the last noise you hear are the raccoons scampering away to hide in a hollow log. The whole woods and swamp area around this campground becomes completely silent. When the last camp fire flickers and goes out is the time you really need to be ready.

People have been almost petrified when they happen to catch a glimpse of this creature. Most people describe that the 1st thing that they notice is a very musty smell that permeates the air, then they hear something that sounds like a thousand little feet scampering across the swampy water nearby. Some people say that they believe it is the tail of the creature moving thru the water, others believe that it is the frogs hopping out of the way of this creature.

It’s been described as a creature because no one has really gotten a really good look at this beast. This is only a one time a month occurrence when the moon is nothing but a small sliver of light. People have described this creature as having very large eyes and standing at maybe around 6 feet tall but always looking like it is hunched over and carrying something. Some say they believe that this creature captures alligators in the dark because there are reports of seeing a tail 6 to 8 feet long. Others say that this is the tail of the creature.

All I can tell you is if you are camping out in this area when the moon can barely be seen and it gets deathly quite you may get an opportunity to hear and maybe think you have seen this creature.

Warning!!!! DONOT shine a flashlight in the direction of the noise I described above. DONOT attempt to get a picture of the creature.

Light of any kind drives this creature out of his mind and it has been told that the last time someone tried this all that was found was a crushed flashlight and a deserted campsite.

Note: Last herd at camp spot 41.