Poverty Point State Park Overwater Cabins Bring Louisiana Magic

Poverty Point State Park overwater cabin at sunset Louisiana

Kick back on the overwater cabin deck and enjoy your Louisiana sunset over the reservoir.

It’s not overwater bungalows in the clear, turquoise waters of French Polynesia, but I didn’t care and you won’t, either.

Poverty Point State Park in northeast Louisiana features a variety of lodging and camping facilities including overwater cabins with two bedrooms, full kitchens, porches with rockers, and a feeling of delightful escape even if you do nothing there but look down to watch and listen to lapping water through gaps between the porch floorboards.

The eight cabins are completely modern inside, but designed in a classic Louisiana tin-roofed style that blends beautifully with the 2,700-acre manmade lake and woodsy Louisiana black bear habitat along Bayou Macon.

Overwater cabins on the state park reservoir at Poverty Point Louisiana

The overwater cabins are spread out enough that if you don’t want to wave at your neighbors across the water, you don’t have to.

Using the aerial map on the state park reservation website, I booked one of the cabins at the end of the group, Number CB001, for a total of US$167.18 for a weeknight in September. It was just me rattling around in all that space, but I didn’t mind.

Each cabin has a small boat dock attached to the porch, with a light for after-dark activities on the water. For those into fishing, there’s largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and channel catfish to catch.

Here is a two-minute tour of my cabin:

Birders will like the Poverty Point State Park location along the Mississippi Flyway bird migration route, and of course there are the herons that are easy to find all around the state.

You park just off the state park road in a designated spot for your cabin, then walk out to it on a short wooden boardwalk. Warning – those Louisiana bugs LOVE the pathway lights along the boardwalk, so move along quickly to your porch’s entry door unless you enjoy insect bombardment. There’s that satisfying screen porch door thump behind you once you’re inside the porch screens, too.

These cabins are the perfect place to stay if you plan to explore the mounds at the nearby UNESCO-designated Poverty Point World Heritage Site, which I highly recommend. Make sure you climb to the top of Mound A when you go, and take the driving tour around the whole complex.

Not nearly as spectactular, but certainly convenient, are the Marsden Mounds right there on the Poverty Point State Park property.

Marsden Mounds Louisiana historical marker at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

The biggest mistake I made was not thinking things through and bringing enough food to prepare a proper dinner and breakfast.

This is a fairly isolated area, so if you don’t already have a stocked cooler from home with you, stop for provisions in the small town of Delhi LA a few miles to the south. I ended up eating energy bars and drinking a Gatorade and some bottled coffee during my stay, which didn’t do much justice to my surroundings.

Vertical of Poverty Point State Park overwater cabin

See that rocking chair on the cabin’s back porch in the photo above?

That is right where I sat at sunset.

Want to join me sometime?

All photos and video by the author.

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