The Calcasieu Ranger District is divided into two land areas called "Units". These Units are named the Evangeline Unit and the Vernon Unit. The Calcasieu Ranger District Office is located on Highway 28 West, two miles east of Gardner and ten miles west of Alexandria, Louisiana.
The Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District offers outdoor enthusiasts a great variety of recreation opportunities just 20 minutes west of Alexandria, Louisiana in central Louisiana. Whether you prefer hiking, OHV riding, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, bird watching, nature studies -- or even the challenge of riding mountain bikes, these 97 thousand acres of forests and lakes in the Kisatchie National Forest have something for you to see and do -- year around.
The Caney Ranger District is divided into three land areas called "Units". These Units are: Caney Lakes, Middle Fork, and Corney Lake Unit. The Caney Ranger District Office is located on Highway 79 just south of Homer, Louisiana.
The Caney Lakes Unit has much to offer its visitors from the National Sugar Cane Recreation Trail to two completely different lake types to choose from for recreation. Both the Upper and Lower Caney Lakes are beautiful and have much to offer.
The Corney Lake Unit includes the Corney Lake Recreation Area which is a beautiful 2,300 acre reservoir which has become a very popular fishing and waterfowl hunters destination. Facilities are included on both sides of the lake with the south shore offering more modern fixtures. Also included in the Corney Lake Unit is a hunter camp which is located just northwest of the Corney Lake Complex.
The Caney Ranger District's Middle Fork Unit has two hunter camps and is used primarily for seasonal hunting. Wildlife and bird watchers, plant enthusiasts, and nature lovers enjoy this Unit. Located to the east of Summerfield and to the north of Homer, the Middle Fork Unit has become a locally popular place to just get away.
The Catahoula Ranger District encompasses 121,500 acres and is a very popular district with residents of north Rapides and Grant Parishes with its close proximity to Alexandria/Pineville, Ball, and Tioga.
Locally known as the "Little Grand Canyon," visitors to the Kisatchie District will enjoy panoramic views from the sandstone bluffs of the Longleaf Vista Recreation Area; feel the cool currents, view the natural white sandy shoreline, and rocky rapids at Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area; experience a wilderness challenge in the nationally designated Kisatchie Hills Wilderness; drive leisurely along the 17-mile Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway; experience ATV trail riding on the Sandstone Multi-Use Trail; or ride your horse on the Caroline Dormon Horse Trail.
Visitors to the Winn Ranger District can enjoy camping at Gum Springs Campground, horseback riding on the Gum Springs Horse Trail, exploring the mysteries of Saline Bayou, hunting in the Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve, camping and picnicking at Cloud Crossing, or hiking on the Dogwood Interpretive Trail.
Wildlife and botanic enthusiasts have seemingly unlimited areas to explore including a number of native prairies.