8.4 Good
     
Minden, Louisiana

Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area

Minden, Louisiana


Minden, Louisiana 71055
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Sites: 27
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.676052400006
Longitude: -93.305854664314

Elevation: 250' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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18 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Once you find the campground it is nice. County/Parish roads are not marked well so it is easy to miss your turn. Heavily wooded because it is a National Forest but trees are kept back from each site so there is sun and shade during the day. Satellite access can be a challenge depending on site location. Interior roads are quite narrow, loop roads even more so. Backing into sites can be quite difficult for larger rigs because there is little to no shoulder to swing on. Ditches on either side of the loop road are deep with hidden culverts right where you don't want them to be. Even with satellite research to find the easiest back-in site there will be something to add a challenge. Once backed in the site is paved, wide, with picnic table and fire ring. Water and power hookups are where they should be and at knee to waist height. It's very quiet even backed up to the lake with little or no boat traffic. We'll stay here again, the two days we spent here were very relaxing. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nearest town (Mindon) is about five miles away and really the only source for supplies. Lots of stores, restaurants and churches in town. Founded in 1836 there are many historic homes to see all around town.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a National Forest campground. You enter Minden and then turn just before the main street stores and then take a long winding road through rural areas before arriving at the site. Much of the drive from Minden is through a very poor unkempt neighbourhood which was discouraging. Closer to the Park, poverty gives way to newer suburban development and hobby farms. The campground is not well marked. We saw one sign in the town of Minden and then nothing until we reached the National Forest so use your map or GPS to find your way in. We expect big lots and space between sites in this type of campground but this one is exceptionally so. Our paved site was so large that with our pick up and trailer still hitched (56') we would have room for another entire truck in front of our rig. In addition to the very large wide drive there was a huge pad of fine gravel with an oversized picnic table. This campground could take the biggest rig I have seen. Each site had its own set of garbage cans. Half the sites are reserve and half are first come first served. The place was about one quarter full on the early spring weekday we arrived. We had a nice selection of sites. Firewood was not provided so if you must have a fire, be sure to stop in and buy some from the many places on the way in who are selling. The campground host was friendly and welcoming and proudly boasted about how this campsite won some sort of well deserved award for their super clean bathrooms. This campground is a good 20 miles from any store and you will not pass any stores after you get off the interstate unless you detour through Minden so stock up before you go in. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is above the upper dam. If you want to see the big alligators, walk from the campground to the boat dock, cross the foot bridge, take the path to the dyke. Walk on dyke to the end. On sunny days the gators like to sun themselves there. For fishing, a local old timer proudly showed off pictures of a 9 pound 23 inch bass he caught at the base of the upper dam's spillway the day before.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground was a disappointment. It is in need a of an update. As a previous camper stated, the signage was lacking, even once we found the campground. The sites were large, with picnic table and fire ring. The asphalt pad was not in good shape, and hard to find a level spot. Since we are not self-contained, bathrooms and showers are a necessity. These were ok, clean and flush toilets, but we declined to take a shower since we would be home the next day. After dark, be sure to take a flashlight, since the lights are not working. We probably not be camping here again. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Very quiet, scenic campground in the Caney Lakes Recreation Area of the Kisatchie National Forest. Nature trail around lake as well as bike trail available. Level campsite with gravel pad in addition to asphalt parking pad. Bathroom and shower facilities adequate and private. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Very quiet, lots of trees, loooonnng site. Despite the complaints about website directions, we were able to find this with little trouble using Google Maps. Stayed here just one night. Would stay here again. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

The site was in a State Park and was very clean. The roads in the campground are very narrow and there are very few places to turn around. Site did not have sewer hookup; however, was on a concrete pad and very nice. Our site was very spacious. We had a horrible cell phone signal and our portable WIFI barely worked. This park is about 15 minutes away from the Interstate. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

45 minutes to Shreveport, LA.

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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 56

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is another in the absolutely wonderful, and cheap, Corp of Engineers sites we have stayed at throughout Arkansas and now in northern Louisiana. You can't beat them. Electric and Water for about $18 tops and half that with a senior pass, and most of them are right on lakes. The sites are spacious and long and level. There are showers, but I will say they were old and not very appealing. But they'd do if you need them. We didn't use it, but they have a dump station so you can empty your tanks on the way out. No wi-fi of course, and Verizon signal was week, but I would absolutely stay here again! We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Before saying anything else, it is very easy to miss this campground. The website doesn't give enough or correct information. Coming from Minden on 159 north, keep an eye out for sign on the right (about 3 or 4 miles). It will say Beaver Dam or Caney Lakes 2 miles. This is where you turn left on Caney Lake Road. The campground is 2 miles down on the left. We kept going and had to drive another 4 miles to turn around in a church parking lot. On returning there was a huge sign to the park coming from this direction. Why don't they have the same sign in both directions? In any case, if you desire quiet near a lake this is the place for you. There were only 3 or 4 other RVs when we we visited. Several sites were long enough to handle our 45 foot motorhome. Some were more level than others. Plenty of room between sites as well. The utilities all worked great. We never saw anyone just paid our fee and dropped it in the box. The downsides are no WiFi, very limited if any Verizon coverage (at least at our site 12), and gnatty bugs. The interior roads are pretty narrow for large units but doable, and there were a few rather large potholes. Some overhanging branches but mostly trimmed. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, clean, spacious, waterfront, wooded, sites. Easy access, trees well trimmed for high roofed RVs. Utility connections well located. This park was well done. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Not far off I-20, and well worth the detour for a night, or a couple of nights.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I believe someone called this campground a Hidden Gem and that is exactly what it is. We planned about three days and just keep extending. By the time we leave it will be over a week. It is quiet and beautiful with great views of the lake. All the sites are excellent; not a bad one at all. Not all sites have water views but if not they have beautiful forest views. The sites are large with level paved pads, a fire ring, gravel patio area and a picnic table. Some of the picnic tables need help but we got a good one. We are in site #20 with a view of the lake across the road. We are on the back half of the loop and most people don't come this far so there is no one around us. About half the sites can be reserved and the rest are for walk-ins. Only 15, 16 and 17 seem to get reserved. The bathrooms need some help but they work. We have 50 amp power and good water. There is a dump station on the way out. Our Verizon phones and jet pack don’t work very well but sometimes they are fine. The Sugar Cane Trail goes through the park and is a wonderful walk in the woods. It is good for mountain biking also. The rate reflects the Golden Age discount. I would definitely return. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We, too, agree that this is a hidden jewel! We've not found many National Forest CGs that have hookups or are big enough for our rig. The main thing we had a problem with was that the directions to the CG on the USDA Forest website could have had some additional instructions especially since we ended up arriving after dark. Their directions tell you to go to Webster Parish Road 111, but the highway road sign says "Caney Lakes Rd". The Webster Parish road sign is on the road side (front) of the sign post making it parallel to the road you are traveling and it cannot be seen until you are even with it. We ended up missing the road and had to turn our 38" FW around on a 2 lane road. Not fun! But we did finally make it and were pleasantly pleased. We only stayed overnight on 2 different nights, but would like to return. There is not a lot of lighting (street lights)at this park which is ok with us. Just be sure to have a flashlight handy if you need to be out at night. Another observation we found is that the sites that are "Walkup only" have an Open sign on them and the ones that are reservable have a "Reserved" sign on them, but if they have no dates on them they are basically "open" as well. Check with the host but he was the one who told us we could use one with Reserved on it since we were only staying overnight and it had no dates on it. We payed the $15. rate as we are not eligible for the $9.50 discounted rate. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

The comments of previous posters is very accurate. This is one of the nicest forest service campgrounds we have ever been in. We have stayed here twice and are amazed that it always seems underused. Perhaps on holiday weekends it might get more use, but we stayed over a summer weekend and there were only 5 rigs in the whole place. It is a gem. The only negative issue is that you have to drive through Minden to get there. There are some very narrow streets with rather tight turns. It's very doable, but you need to be on your toes. We have a 43' fifth wheel pulled by an HDT, plus a car. We fit in many of the sites. Although there are many tall trees, finding a hole for satellite reception is not too difficult. The regular price is only $15 and the senior pass price was $9.50. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 294
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate Golden Age Passport. Another well kept secret in the National Forest Service list of campgrounds, the Kisatchie National Forest, Caney Lake Recreation Area. The roads and wide sites are paved and most have groomed gravel patio area. 50 AMP and water at the sites with a convenient dumpstation on the way out of the CG. There is a buffer zone between sites and the lake, but each site has direct access to the shoreline; however the beach is in the "Day Use" area. There is a boat launch ramp. The road is a little narrow, but access to the sites is not limited or restricted. There are fire rings and grills at the sites and well placed restrooms and separate showers in each section. There is a great bike trail and a hiking trail which takes you around the 350 acre lake. Peace and quiet, helpful park employees and unit manager make for a pleasant stay. We would return if in the area. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely beautiful! We had a site right on the water and the view was breathtaking! The only thing to know is that once you're in the park the first campground sign is for tent camping. Keep following the road to the electric sites. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

What a find! Located about 5 miles off of I-20 in Kisatchie NF. We camped here on site #17. Quiet, lots of trees, interior streets easy to navigate with a big rig, paved sites, some with lake front view. Best sites are #15,16,17, and 20). Half of the sites are first come first serve and the rest are reservable. Would definitely stay here again. Our rate was Golden Age. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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