Kisatchie Bayou Campground and Day-Use Area Open!

Kisatchie Bayou Campground SignCampground at Kisatchie Bayou


Kisatchie Recreation Area Updates (as of November 13, 2020): 

  • The Forest is open to hunting. Please use extreme caution and watch for hazardous trees and conditions which are more prevalent after the hurricane.
  • Dispersed camping (camping outside a designated campground area) is available throughout the Forest. For more information on dispersed camping in National Forests, please read these guidelines.
  • The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.
Calcasieu Ranger District / Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish (318-793-9427)

Beware of hazard trees!


  • All Kincaid Boat Launches

CLOSED:  Map of closed trails.

  • Kincaid Lake Day-Use and Beach Area
  • Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area
  • Lakeshore Trail
  • Kincaid Lake Trail
  • Kincaid Campgrounds A & B
  • Kincaid Primitive Camp
  • Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
  • Loran Campground
  • Boy Scout Camp
  • Evangeline Camp
  • Ahtus Melder Camp
  • Wild Azalea Trail
  • Camp Claiborne OHV Trails
Calcasieu Ranger District / Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish (318-793-9427)


  • Government Pond Camping and Fishing
  • Hunter Camp
  • Wolf Rock Cave
  • Blue Hole Recreation Complex

CLOSED: Map of closed trails.

  • Enduro OHV Trail and Campground
  • Fullerton Campground
  • Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail
  • Fullerton Group-Use Area
  • Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
  • Wild Turkey Trail
  • Little Cypress Day-use Area
  • Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes (318-927-2061)


  • Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – reservations may be made at
  • Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – limited to 50-person maximum capacity rental – gates open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Caney Lakes and Corney Lake Boat Launches
  • Portions of the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail 
  • Corney Bayou Boat Ramp
  • Corney Lake Day-Use and Group-Use Areas
  • Corney Lake Hunter Camp
  • Sugar Creek Hunter Camp
  • Bucktail Hunter Camp
  • Turkey Trot Hunter Camp


  • Portions of the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail (Closure is due to timber harvest activity. The entire Lost Man Loop and the section of the Sugar Cane Trail from the Beech Bottom Loop to the Lost Man Loop will be temporarily closed). Please see map of closed area.

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish (318-765-3554)


  • Bankston Hunter Camp
  • Highway 472 Hunter Camp
  • Pearson Hunter Camp (partially opened) – only front portion of Pearson Camp allowed for camping;  please observe signage and blockades and remain out of hazardous area.

CLOSED: Map of closed trails.

  • Stuart Lake Recreation Area, Campground, and Group-Use Area
  • Glen Emery Trailhead located at Stuart Lake
  • Glen Emery Hiking Trail (except the trailhead near Stuart Lake)
  • Iatt Lake
  • Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp
  • Livingston OHV Trails – Hickman Trail and Little Creek - closure includes trailheads; no camping is allowed in these areas.
Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish (318-472-1840)


  • Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground
  • Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, and Picnic Area
  • Cane Camp (Camping Only, NO Trail Access)
  • Lotus Camp (Camping Only, NO Trail Access)
  • Oak Camp (Camping Only, NO Trail Access, Sandstone Remains Closed)
  • Corral Camp (Camping Only, NO Trail Access, Sandstone Remains Closed)
  • Coyote Camp (Camping Only, NO Trail Access, Sandstone Remains Closed)
  • Red Bluff Camp (Camping)
  • Custis Camp (Camping)
  • Dogwood Camp
  • 395 Parking Area (Walk in only, no Trail Access)
  • Anderson Pond Day Use Area (Day Use only, No Camping)
  • Kisatchie Hills Wilderness and Associated Trails (hike at your own risk)
    • Backbone Trail
    • Turpentine Hill
    • High-Ridge

CLOSED: Map of closed trails.

  • Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail
  • Sandstone OHV Trail
Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish (318-628-4664)


  • Gum Springs Campground and Gum Springs Lake (the historic, CCC-built pavilion and old swimming area remains closed due to severe hurricane damage. Please observe the closure area as indicated by blockades and flagging.)
  • Gum Springs Horse Campground
  • Gum Springs Horse Trail (Short Loop ONLY)
  • Cloud Crossing Campground
  • Saline Bayou (all boat launches are open)
    • Cloud Crossing Launch Area
    • Pearfield Launch Area
    • Goldonna Launch Area
    • Sand Point Launch Area

CLOSED: Map of closed trails.

  • Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
  • Gum Springs Horse Trail North Loop

NEW HOURS! Kisatchie National Forest Offers Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

The Kisatchie National Forest is implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities. Customers needing information, permits and maps are encouraged to call the appropriate office numbers listed in the left column of this page during regular business hours. To purchase America the Beautiful Passes and Kisatchie National Forest Annual Day-Use and Trail Use Passes, please see the scheduled times in which you may visit our offices. Please follow CDC guidelines and precautions if you plan on visiting our offices.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at the Alexandria Forestry Center, 2500 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA, 71360 (318)473-7160
  • Tuesdays – 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Calcasieu Ranger District Office, 9912 Hwy 28 West, Boyce, LA, 71409 (318)793-9427
  • Wednesdays through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Ranger District Office, 9912 Hwy 28 West, Boyce, LA, 71409 (318)793-9427
  • Mondays and Tuesdays, by appointment only – Caney Ranger District Office, 3288 Hwy 79, Homer, LA, 71040 (318)927-2061
  • All offices are closed during Federal holidays.

Kisatchie National Forest Opened to Hunting

For general hunting and fishing information for Louisiana, please refer to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Seasons and Regulations webpage at For an interactive, downloadable flipbook of this year's hunting regulations, click here or download a pdf of the hunting regulation booklet here. You may also wish to download a quick reference sheet for the hunting dates on the Kisatchie National Forest. If you wish to hunt on the Red Dirt or Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve, you will need this special season permit. For a list of dates in the 2020-2021 hunting season the public may access the Claiborne Range Safety Fan, please click here.

Welcome to the Kisatchie!

With over 604,000 acres to explore, you can find an activity to enjoy on the Kisatchie National Forest.  Whether you like to fish, hunt, kayak, mountain bike, run, hike, canoe, horseback, motor bike, camp… Kisatchie National Forest has a destination for you.  Visit your National Forest today!


2020-2021 LDWF Hunting and WMA Regulations

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The 2020-2021 Louisiana Hunting and WMA Regulations guide is available online.

2020-2021 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest

2020-2021 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest


2020-2021 Catahoula & Red Dirt Preserve Permit

2020-2021 Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve Permit

2020 Motor Vehicle Use Maps Available

NEW, printable 2020 Motor Vehicle-Use Maps available now!


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