Jimmie Davis State Park officially reopened four cabins that were damaged in May tornado

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JONESBORO, LA (01/24/20)– Jimmie Davis State Park officially reopened four cabins that were damaged in last year’s tornado.

Park officials say they have taken every chance to fix and open up facilities as soon as possible. Local campers have already expressed their excitement. All four cabins are booked up 4 to 6 weekends after the Superbowl game. In addition, just in time for fishing and crappie tournaments. With the opening of the cabin, park officials are excited to see families and friends having fun.

“We are all excited. We are learning how important it is to have people in the park. The purpose of the park is to allow people to bring their families, come make memories, have a great day, and it’s not been the same without people here,” said Paul Florence, Park Manager of Jimmy Davis State Park.

Other facilities that have been reopened are the roads, piers, the beach, and campgrounds 1 through 43 are open and available for booking.


BATON ROUGE, La. — Four cabins at Jimmie Davis State Park that were damaged during severe weather in May of 2019 are now open.

According to a press release from the Office of State Parks, cabins 7, 8, 16, and 17 have been repaired and are now available for reservations.

There are still cabins, lodges, and other campsites at the park that are under repair still and the date of their reopening has not been determined as of yet.

To make reservations at one of the newly reopened cabins, call 877-226-7652 or click here.

Continue reading to see the full press release.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce four cabins at Jimmie Davis State Park, damaged during a tornado in May 2019, are now open for booking. Those cabins are cabins 7, 8, 16, and 17. Effective immediately, reservations of these facilities can be made by calling 877-226-7652 or visiting www.ReserveLaStateParks.com for stays beginning Friday, January 24.

“We are happy to announce further progress in getting operations at Jimmie Davis State Park back to normal,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, whose office oversees Louisiana State Parks. “Our appreciation goes out to the staff for their efforts in getting these cabins available to our visitors, and we hope to have the rest of the park’s facilities open as soon as possible.”

The park was hit by a tornado on May 8, 2019, damaging most of the park with the majority of the damage coming from fallen trees. The group camp and north boat launch reopened less than two weeks later on May 17, 2019, with day-use and the beach area reopening in time for the July 4th holiday weekend. Campsites 1-40 reopened in September 2019.

The remaining cabins, lodges, and campsites at Jimmie Davis State Park are still under repair. Their reopening has not yet been determined.

For more information about Jimmie Davis State Park and Louisiana State Parks visit LaStateParks.com, or follow Louisiana State Parks on Facebook and Twitter.

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