• 25Mi. of Shoreline
  • 10Avg. Depth
  • 28Deepest Depth
  • Dam Name
    Cotile Lake Dam
  • Year Built
    1965
  • Ownership
    Public
  • Acreage
    1,775
Marinas
(318) 352-1707
1209 Patrick rd
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Golf Courses
(318) 473-6507
8100 US-71
Alexandria, LA 71302
(318) 561-0260
2345 Vanderburg Dr
Alexandria, LA 71303
Campgrounds
(318) 793-8995
75 Cotile Lake Rd
Boyce, LA 71409
(318) 290-3333
8598 LA-1200
Boyce, LA 71409
(318) 487-5058
100 Camp Ground Rd
Woodworth, LA 71485
F S 200
Boyce, LA 71409
  • Counties: Rapides Parish
  • Fish: Black Crappie, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass
  • Notable events: Cotile Trade Days
  • Interesting facts: Man-made that was completed in 1965
  • Known for: Duck hunting and fishing
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
  • Dock restrictions (Yes). -- No Docks
Hospitals
(318) 448-6700
3330 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301
Airports
Alexandria International Airport
1100 Frank Andrews Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303
15 miles away
Leesville City Airport
424 Airport Rd, Leesville, LA 71446
45 miles away
About Cotile Lake
Short Trip to Alexandria

Cotile Lake is conveniently located less than 20 miles west of Alexandria and just minutes from Kisatchie National Forest. I-49 is less than 10 miles away for frequent travelers.

Alexandria International Airport, Rapides Regional Medical Center, and a selection of stores, restaurants, and hotels are nearby.

Loads of Lake Fun

Cotile Lake covers 1,775-acres, with a maximum depth of 28 feet and an average of 10 feet. This beautiful body of water offers many activities, including boating, water skiing, swimming, and fishing.

The area appeals to anglers and outdoorsmen alike. The waters sustain a healthy population of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and perch. Many tournaments are held on the lake, including a youth tournament put on by the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs.

The lake was completed with the Cotile Lake Dam in 1965. Its waters flow into Bayou Jean de Jean and the Red River.

The Cotile Lake Boat Ramp is located on the northeastern shore along with a beach, playground, and parking area.

Camping, Events, and City Attractions

Cotile Lake Recreation Area offers campsites, a swimming area, a cleared water skiing area, picnic areas, and more.

Cotile Lake Annual Trade Days is a two-day event held the last weekend of March. The market-style event features a variety of vendors with arts, crafts, and items of the sort.

Alexandria Zoological Park is a fun, family-friendly location featuring exotic animals, multiple exhibits, tours, and events.

Kent Plantation House, Forts Randolph & Buhlow, and James Wade Bolton House are historical sites in the city.

Seek the Serenity of Cotile Lake

Come to Cotile Lake to enjoy Louisiana's natural beauty, all while being just minutes away from Alexandria.