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Camping Tricks & Tips Alexandria LA

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

Rapides Coliseum (Parish Park)
(318) 442-1272
Alexandria, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Pets OK
Recreation
Planned Group Activities

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Kisatchie National Forest (Kincaid Rec. Site)
(318) 445-9396
Gardner, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Nakatosh Campground
(318) 352-0911
Natchitoches, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Horseshoes

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Lake Bistineau State Park
(888) 677-2478
Doyline, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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MILITARY PARK (New Orleans NAS Travel Camp)
(504) 678-3142
Belle Chasse, LA
Campground Availability
Campground has been closed. thru 0-Jan
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pool

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Indian Creek Recreation Area (Alexander SF)
(318) 487-5058
Woodworth, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Mardi Gras RV Park & Red Carpet Inn & Suites
(800) 290-0085
New Orleans, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Laundry, Grocery

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Pavilion RV Park*
(888) 322-4216
309 Well Rd
West Monroe, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby

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Frog City RV Park*
(337) 873-9085
3003 Daulat Drive
Duson, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Paragon Casino RV Resort*
(800) 946-1946
124 Earl Barbry Sr Blvd
Marksville, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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