Caney Lakes Recreation Complex, Day Use/Water Ski

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Caney Lakes Recreation Complex has a variety of day-use areas to choose from. Enjoy hiking on the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail, swimming at the day-use swim beach, playing volleyball, fishing from the shore, or picnicking at the vast selection of picnic facilities. 

Visitors to this area can land their watercraft near picnic facilities to enable them to picnic while having a blast boating, water skiing, tubing or jet skiing. The ski beach area is within easy access from the parking area at the boat launch.

The Group-Use Facility has a private and gated entrance to a secluded group-use area on the upper shore of Lower Caney Lake.  A large grassy hillside is the backdrop with a beautiful sandy beach shoreline at the foreground. A large covered group picnic shelter with two large party barbeque pits are at the center of this secluded area with a park-like setting.

Facilities also include:

  • vaulted toilets,
  • trash disposal,
  • water,
  • a fishing pier,
  • showers for swimmers,
  • a sand volleyball area,
  • a ski beach/craft landing area, and
  • covered picnic tables, grills and barbeque pits on a cement slab.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Bass, Catfish, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Fly, Spin, Bait; Fishing pier and boat launch available

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate closes at 10:00 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations are required for group use area.
Fees Daily usage fee: $5 Group shelter: $60 - $135 per day
Closest Towns: Minden
Water: Drinking Water, Showers
Restroom: Flush Toilets

General Information


From Minden, take Louisiana Hwy 159 north to Webster Parish Road 111. Turn left (west) on WPR 111 and go 2 miles. The recreation area entrance is signed and the fee station is just inside the entrance. To go to the Sugar Cane Trail, take the first left and the parking area is on the left.

To go to the Swim beach and picnic areas, go straight through the main entrance gate to the stop sign. Turn right and the picnic areas and the swim beach parking area is on the left by the lakes shore.

The ski beach area is to the right of the parking lot.

To get to the group use area, go straight through the main gate area to the stop sign and turn left.  Follow the road to the gated entrance of the group-use facility.

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