Rec Center

The Cecil J. Picard Educational & Recreational Center is owned and operated by the Louisiana Department of Education. Catering primarily to youth groups, business associations and professional associations, the Center offers excellent facilities for groups of 30 to 272.


The Center accommodates 1-3 day seminars, workshops, conferences and weekly retreats or camps. The Center provides a full-time Director, certified lifeguard, food service and maintenance of all equipment and facilities.


  • 17 air-conditioned/heated cottages, each with full bath. Each cottage can accommodate sixteen persons. Two are designed to handle special needs requirements.Assembly Building: seating capacity for 60 persons and 4 separate classrooms (10-15 person capacity) 
  • Auditorium with stage:  seating capacity for 250 persons
  • Pavilion
  • Basketball court
  • Game room
  • Dining Hall: seating capacity for 250 persons; nutritious meals; kitchen/coolers
  • Olympic-sized swimming pool 
  • Football, volleyball and softball fields
  • Nature trails 
  • Fishing pond


The Center is located on 160 acres along Highway 115 between Marksville and Bunkie in the Bay Hills section of Avoyelles Parish.  It is open year round, including holidays.


Rates are based on the number of days, size of group and whether meals will be served.

Application Guidelines

All statewide organizations may apply. When requesting reservations, please provide the following with the application:
  • A schedule of programmed activities
  • Inclusive dates for arrival and departure
  • Anticipated number of attendees
In turn, the Louisiana Department of Education will review applications, provide rules and restrictions, and confirm those requests that comply with criteria for use of the center.

Download the Application now!

For Further Information, Contact:

The Cecil J. Picard Educational & Recreational Center
Office: 318.346.6147
Fax: 318.346.4432

Chris Hines, Director
Cecil J. Picard Educational & Recreational Center
5197 Highway 115 | Bunkie, LA 71322
Phone: 318.481.1349