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Lake Claiborne

Lake Claiborne is a 6,400-acre reservoir located just five miles from Homer, Louisiana. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created this lake by impounding a tributary of the D'Arbonne River with the Claiborne Lock and Dam in 1970. As a fairly isolated reservoir that was initially created for water management and navigation, Lake Claiborne enjoys the company of thousands of visitors every year who use the lake for boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, camping, hiking, and bird watching. Known as Louisiana's "Most Scenic Lake," this reservoir and its state park offer something for everyone.


Stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, chain pickerel, hybrid stripers, and walleye, this lake is a rich resource for anglers. Two of the largest Louisiana records for striped bass came from this lake. Marty Curtis snagged a 12.87-pound hybrid striper from this lake in 1990, and he also caught an 11.26-pound hybrid striper in here 1993. Those records are #6 and #8 in Louisiana's top ten in this category.


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    Lake Claiborne Louisiana Coordinates:
32.7231N -92.9203W
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Surface Area:
6,400 acres
Maximum Depth:
40 ft
185 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
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Rent a boat or bring your own to enjoy Lake Claiborne's pristine waters. Boathouses with fishing piers are located around the lake. Two boat ramps are located on the south end of the lake. One is located along Highway 146, and the other ramp is located at Lake Claiborne State Park.


Lake Claiborne State Park is located 12 miles from the center of Homer on the southeast shore of Lake Claiborne. This 643-acre state park was popular from its conception, and it attracts more than 55,000 visitors per year. Additions made to this park since it was first built in 1974 include two-bedroom cabins, an RV campground, and over 80 ten camp sites that range from full-service hook-ups to over twenty unimproved and primitive camp sites. Park visitors can enjoy swimming at a sandy beach that is secluded from boats and water skiers.

Other accommodations, such as private campgrounds, cabins, and hotels, also can be found around the lake and in Homer.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Claiborne is situated in Claiborne Parish in northern Louisiana, north of I-20 near Homer and not far from the Arkansas state line. The closest major town and airport are located in El Dorado, Arkansas. The South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field is about 42 miles from Homer. Another major airport is located in Monroe, Louisiana, which is 69 miles from Homer.

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