Dark Sky Places in LA

List of darkest places in Louisiana for stargazing, astrophotography, astrotourism, star parties, and astronomy club events. Often these are national and state parks and forests that are either remote or "protected" against light pollution.

National and state parks often let you stay overnight under the stars, hence their motto - "Half the park is after dark".

Bortle scale for sites is given where known. Also ask your local astronomy club for guidance as they will know the darkest places.

Alexander State Forest
Black Bayou National Wildlife Reserve
Catahoula Lake 3
Chemin-A-Haut State Park 3
Cypremort Point State Park 3
Dewey Wills Wildlife Management 2
Highland Road State Park
Kisatchie National Forest
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park 3
North Toledo Bend State Park 3
Palmetto Island State Park 3
South Toledo Bend State Park 3
Tensas River National Wildlife Reserve 2

Light Pollution Map w/ Bortle

On the left is a 2019 satellite image of LA showing light pollution from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. On the right is a 2015 light pollution map showing sky brightness at the zenith from World Atlas data. Colors correspond approximately to the Bortle scale. Use as a guide to find the darkest sky locations near you.

LA night sky light pollution map