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Vernon Lake

Vernon Lake, located in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, is a 4,200-acre reservoir that offers a wide variety of water recreation because of its varying depths. Recreational boaters can enjoy deep boat channels and open waters near the dam. Anglers can take shallow-draft boats into the upper end of this lake to fish for bass. Visitors have access to nearby Leesville and to a state park at Toledo Bend Lake. The park is less than 20 miles from Vernon Lake.


If you want to fish a lake that doesn't see a lot of pressure, then don't go that extra twenty miles to fish Toledo Bend Lake. Instead, stop at Vernon Lake to enjoy both open waters near the dam and shallower areas with timber at the upper end of the lake. Because of that upper lake environment, Vernon Lake produces some quality bass fishing. Other good catches in this lake include catfish and bream, which are abundant during summer months.


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    Vernon Lake Louisiana Coordinates:
31.1771N -93.3585W
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Surface Area:
4,200 acres
Maximum Depth:
50 ft
226 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Vernon Lake is one of the few lakes in Louisiana that can accommodate a wide range of boat craft. From canoes to powerboats, this lake's improved boat lanes and deep and open waters near the damsite offer wide stretches for water recreation. Powerboaters want to avoid the upper end of the lake, where water is shallower and tree stumps abound. That said, this lake sees depths up to 50 feet, and most channels run between 15-22 feet. Boaters can find boat launches at the spillway off Vernon Lake Road, and smaller launches on Hickory Ridge Road, Lakeview Landing, Vernon Park Road, and Bivens Landing.


Visitors to Vernon Lake can use the the South Toledo Bend State park to camp. That park, which contains cabins and over 55 camp sites that range from primitive to premium, is located just 17 miles west of Anacoco via Highway 111 that crosses the north end of the lake. Other accommodations, such as private campgrounds, fish camps, and short-term rentals also are located near this lake. Leesville is the parish seat, and that town has about five hotels.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Vernon Lake is located entirely within Vernon Parish, Louisiana, about 52 miles from Alexandria on I-49. The lake is ten miles west of Leesville, and that town maintains a private airport. The closest major airport is in Alexandria. Anacoco is the closest community to the lake on the lake's northeast shore.

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