POVERTY POINT RESERVOIR
Poverty Point Reservoir, a 2,700 acre man-made lake created in 2001, is located 3 miles north of the village of Delhi, Louisiana, just off I-20 between the larger cities of Monroe, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi. It is accessible to all the conveniences of modern living, yet secluded from the stress of city life.
The lake is a Louisiana fisherman’s paradise, well stocked with catfish, large-mouth bass, crappie and bream, making boating and fishing a favorite pastime. The lake is enhanced by a state park. Just above the north shore, a beautiful 18-hole PGA golf course, Black Bear, is now open.
The state park, located off Hwy 17 just north of the town of Delhi, boasts many facilities: marina with 48 covered boat slips, 2 boat launches with fish cleaning stations nearby, concessions and bait store, fishing pier, rental cabins, swimming beach, nature trails, 54 improved campsite with RV accommodations.
The name "Poverty Point" is derived from a nearby Native American site consisting of complex earthworks and artifacts. Dubbed the Poverty Point culture, its people settled on the banks of Bayou Macon between 1,400 and 700 B.C. The Poverty Point State Historic Site is located just 20 minutes away from the reservoir, and has become the focal point for archaeological research. Interpretive programs, a museum and guided tours are provided for visitor education. This site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. Located less than a hour drive from a national park, riverboat casino gaming, fine dining and antique shopping.
Poverty Point State Park
Featuring day-use and cabins for overnighters. Click the link above for more information on the facilities at the park. The South Landing contains a boat launch, cabins and lodges; the North Marina complex provides two fishing piers, a boat launch, rental boat slips, picnic area, swimming beach and park store. http://www.stateparks.com/poverty_point.html
Poverty Point State Historic Site
Located in northeastern Louisiana, Poverty Point commemorates a culture that thrived during the first and second millennia B.C. This site, which contains some of the largest prehistoric earth works in North America, is managed by the state of Louisiana. These state park facilities are open to the public.
For a short video on this unique site, visit: http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/video/poverty.html
Black Bear Golf Course
Located just off Interstate 20, between Monroe and Vicksburg, with lakefront cabins, world-class fishing, the Waterfront Grill and a state of the art RV park—the new Black Bear Golf Course is the “must play” on Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. The course is appealing to all skill levels, and was ranked #1 public course in the state in 2010 by GolfWeek magazine. Waterfront Grill of Monroe, featured in Southern Living Magazine, has a restaurant at this location. Golf course phone: 318-878-2162 www.blackbear-golf.com
Fishing at Poverty Point Reservoir
This lake is operated by Louisiana State Parks & Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Anglers fish the lake year-round for largemouth bass, black crappie, blue gill and channel catfish.
Daily Limits (Information taken from sign posted at boat launch, October 2008)
LARGE MOUTH BASS: 15" - 19" Slot Limit
8 Fish Daily Creel with 1 allowed over 19"
CRAPPIE: No size limit; 25 per person daily
WHITE / YELLOW BASS: No size limit. 50 per person per day
"BREAM" (Bluegill, redear or other sunfish): No size of creel limit
Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge: Located 6 miles north of Bastrop on Cooper Lake Road, wildlife viewing is made easy with an observation tower. Open daily, daylight hours only. http://www.fws.gov/handybrake/
Panola Pepper Company
1414 Holland Delta Dr., Lake Providence. Established in the mid-1980's, this company offers over 30 sauces, seasonings and condiments. Open for tours 8am - 4 pm Monday - Friday. http://www.panolapepper.com/