Beautiful Caney Lake, Jackson Parish, Louisiana


Beautiful Caney Lake is centrally located in Northeast Louisiana about 37 miles SW of I-20 / West Monroe and about 30 miles south of I-20 / Ruston.  The lake itself occupies 5000 acres in the rolling terrain of Jackson Parish and offers excellent fishing and water sports opportunities.  The official name is "Caney Creek Lake" but locals have shortened that to just "Caney Lake"! 

This lake has been designated as a trophy bass lake, with three of the state records having come out of this lake.  The 15.97 pound lunker that was caught in February 1994 still stands as the lake record, but hardly a month goes by that someone doesn't bring a bass to the scales in the 10-12 pound range.  Six of the top ten largemouth bass records - all over 15 pounds - have been caught in this lake since the lake was created in 1986.

Jimmie Davis State Park is a highlight of the lake, offering individual cabins, tent sites, and a large group camp that is in high demand.  The park was named after the former Louisiana Governor, Jimmie Davis, who made the song "You Are My Sunshine" famous.  The park offers 2 boat launches, 11 fishing piers with the cabins, a sandy beach and a couple of covered pavilions for picnics.  The state operates a website with photos and info on the park at

On Caney Lake, you will also find two restaurants / convenient stores:  Hooks Marina located near the dam of the lake off Highway 34, about 5 miles south of Chatham, offers food, outdoor entertainment on the weekends, and participating with many of the lake fishing tournaments.  Brown's Landing, located on Hwy 4, between Chatham & Jonesboro has a boat launch, gas, and great food.  There are several public boat launches as well.

Unlike many Louisiana lakes, Caney Lake is mostly open with clear water, making it a great lake for people of all ages - accomodating those who like to fish as well as those who enjoy boating, swimming, skiing, and ski doos!

Real estate is somewhat limited on the lake, but there are always a few homes for sale.  Lots are beginning to be harder to find, due to the areas not developed belonging to the tree/timber companies, or are heir properties from some of the early settlers on the lake.  Many lots are restricted to site-built homes, but occasionally we do have an unrestricted lot.  Having lived full-time on the lake for over 15 years, and in the real estate business since 2005, I am more than happy to help you with any of your real estate needs on the lake.  Give me a call!  My cell is 318-376-0777.