After four years in the making, Chemin-A-Haut State Park's Big Slough Lake will be opening soon for on bank fishing. With the park known for having some of the most appealing scenery and outdoor activities in Louisiana, park representatives are proud to be offering this 25-acres man-made lake to the public.

“This will be the most beautiful place in the parish to fish,” said park manager Russ Brantley. “We've got it stocked with brim and young bass. Eventually we'll have shad in it.”

Brantley said for the first three to four years, the lake will be seasonal for fishing, with its open dates being April 1 – Oct. 1.

“After this trial period, we plan to have bass up to 10 pounds,” Brantley said. “Until then, we ask that everyone fish with barbless hooks to protect the young bass.”

Brantley said a nature trail for walkers and bikers currently goes part of the way around the the lake.

“Eventually, there will be a horse tail around it as well,” he said.

Situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew, the 503-acre park currently offers two playgrounds, a swimming pool, RV and tent camping and cabins. Brantley said overnight guests staying in the cabins will be able to fish part of the lake from the cabin's porches.

Brantley said as of now, the plans for the lake's future are not entirely known, but they have several to consider.

“We may eventually have tournaments on down the road, but it's too soon now to know that for sure,” he said. “For now though, we will have a bragging board at the front of the park for fishermen to post pictures of their big catches.”

Chemin-A-Haut is located on US 165 or LA 139 north to Bastrop. From Bastrop, take US 425 north to LA 1257, Loop Park Road. Gates are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. The entrance station is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission into the park is $1 per person. Seniors and children age 3 and under get in free.