Stuart Lake Recreation Complex, Camping/Day Use

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

There is an assortment of recreational opportunities within the Stuart Lake Recreation Complex. Situated on a beautiful 5-acre lake surrounded by pine-hardwood forest, this area provides outdoor recreational opportunities for camping, picnicking, canoeing (non-motorized boating), fishing, hiking, bicycling, and nature study. 

The day use facility includes flush toilets, paved parking, a fishing pier, shore fishing, a swimming beach, picnic tables and barbeque pits.

The group use facility is located up the hill from the day use area and the swimming beach. It is equipped with a covered picnic shelter, a large party barbeque pit, trash bins, restrooms, and access to day use facilities including the lake. Group use area facilites include: restrooms, gravel parking, extra large barbeque pit, trash bins, large covered picnic shelter, and access to the day use facilities and lake.

The Stuart Nature Trail and the Glenn Emery hiking and biking trail may both be accessed here.

The Stuart Lake Campground is a primitive campground with 8 sites that were renovated in 2009. The campground was heavily damaged by Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020 and remains closed at this time. 

General facilities also include drinking water and restrooms. Trash disposal available.

At a Glance

Reservations: Resevations are required for the group use area. Call the District Office at 318-765-3554 to place a reservation for your group.
  • Stuart Lake Recreation Area is a designated fee area.
  • Day Use: $5/vehicle/day.
  • Camping: $15/single site/night and $20/double unit/night.
  • Group Use Area: $35-75 per day.  
  • No trail use fees for hikers.
Closest Towns: Alexandria
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Information Center: The Stuart Lake Campground is a primitive campground with 8 sites. 

General Information


Traveling from Alexandria, Louisiana, take U.S. Hwy 167 to the intersection of Louisiana Hwy 8 in Bentley and turn right. Go on LA Hwy 8 for 4 miles and turn right onto Stuart Lake Road (FR 144). Go 1 mile on Stuart Lake Road and turn right onto the Stuart Lake Recreation Area Road (FR 144-A). Take FR 144-A to the end where the day use parking area is located.

There is a fee station just inside the campground for camping fees.

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