As it passes through Claiborne Parish, the byway rolls across gentle hills lined with miles of forest and an occasional small town. It is those towns that add a certain worldly flare to the region. When parish towns have names like Athens, Homer and Lisbon, it should come as no surprise that the parish courthouse in Homer is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture and is the only antebellum courthouse in Louisiana that has been in continuous use since its construction in 1859. The region also built a reputation for fine schools.
Lake Claiborne State Park
One of the more popular activities for visitors of all ages is swimming at Lake Claiborne State Park’s sandy beach. The beach is situated on an inlet of the lake, and is protected from boats and water-skiers. For fishermen, the freshwater lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, catfish, black crappie, striped bass, bream and white perch. Lake Claiborne State Park offers two 18-basket disc golf courses—the White Tail Course and the Dogwood Course.
The woods of Lake Claiborne are also home to a wide variety of wildlife. Nature trails and a scenic overlook allow visitors to appreciate the beauty of this special area.
Visitors can stay overnight in one of the comfortable cabins nestled among the pine trees, many offering a view of the lake. The RV campground picturesquely rests among the slopes of the north Louisiana foothills.
Here are some things that you can enjoy along the Claiborne Parish portion of the Boom or Bust Byway:
Kel’s Cove Marina offers fishing, cabins, camping, convenience store and marina.
Pleasure Point Marina Bar and Grill offers food, beverages, wi-fi and lakefront gasoline. It also offers two cabins with lakefront access. There are 30 lakefront full hookups and 20 non-lakefront with full hookups. Enjoy the homemade “Lake Claiborne” burger, a favorite within the community. A full bar is now available with frozen beverages.