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Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursdayopen at 7 a.m.
close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.open at 7 a.m.
close at 10 p.m.

Entrance Station Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and days preceding a holiday.

Facilities And Activities:
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Entrance Fees:
$3 per person
Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under)

Reservable Facilities, Rentals, And Other Fees:
See below for detailed information

Online Reservations:
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27225 Patterson Road
Springfield, LA 70462-8906

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Take I-12 to the Albany/Springfield exit. Travel 2 miles south on LA 43, merge with LA 42 and continue one mile to the center of Springfield. Turn west on LA 1037 and travel six miles to Patterson Road (across from Woodland Baptist Church), then south 1.2 miles to the park entrance.

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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.

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.

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At Tickfaw State park, you can go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin. Check at the Nature Center for scheduled programs. While there, view the 800-gallon aquarium stocked with fish found in the Tickfaw River. There are also displays featuring the animnals, history and culture of the area and of Louisiana. Be sure to watch the 8-minute introductory video about the history of the park area.

Bicycle, stroll, or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Bring your canoe or kayak and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. 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 4:30 p.m. daily) offers souvenirs with a local flavor.

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Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Cabins/Group Camp: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, paper products, bathroom tissue, towels and linens. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)

Deluxe Cabins (map)$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
14 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double beds, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper
Group Camp$300/night plus taxIncludes dining hall/kitchen and 2 dormitory-style wings, sleeping up to 52 people


30 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup) (map of sites 1-30)$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
20 Unimproved Campsites (water hookup only) (map of tent campsites 31-50)$18/night plus tax
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

Pavilions$70/day2 available; Maximum Occupancy of 60 people, each.
*Units are equipped with electrical lighting.

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

Golf Carts - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available

Water Playground - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays, April 1 through October 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information. 

Trails at Tickfaw State Park:
  • Gum Cypress Trail -- 1/2 mile (ADA accessible)
  • Pine Hardwood Trail -- 1/2 mile
  • River Overlook/Bottomland Hardwood Trail -- 3/4 mile
  • River Trail -- 3 miles

A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

Nearby Attractions

Kliebert's Turtle and Alligator Tours (41607 West Yellow Road, Hammond, LA 70401) - Tours include the turtle and alligator farms as well as a bird sanctuary with egrets and herons nesting over the alligators.

Ponchatoula - "America's Antique City" (7 miles south of Hammond on I-55) - Historic District renovated in 1920-30 period featuring over 60 antique stores representing 200 dealers.

Fairview-Riverside State Park (12 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22) - Nestled among magnificent live oaks on the edge of the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.

Joyce Wildlife Management Area (2 miles south of Ponchatoula off I-55) - This area is primarily a cypress-tupelo swamp with a small tract of fresh marsh. A boardwalk offers birding and opportunities to view wildlife. Hunting allowed in season.

Global Wildlife Park (26389 Hwy. 40, Folsom, La 70437) - Get eye to eye with giraffes and many other species! 900 acres, more than 200 free-ranging animals, 90-minute guided-covered-wagon tours.

BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810) - Take a unique walk into the Bluebonnet Swamp in the heart of the city. Educational exhibits and a gift shop.