Special Fire Restriction Alert

Due to the increased wildfire danger across the state of Louisiana, the Kisatchie National Forest is under a special fire restriction – no open flames at this time. Click here for more information.

Current Wildfire Alert

The Claiborne Fire is located between Melder and Forest Hill in Rapides Parish on the Calcasieu Ranger District, Evangeline Unit. The cause of the wildfire is unknown at this time. The fire is in an area of unexploded ordnance so the Forest Service is using the existing road system to try and contain the fire as bulldozing lines around the fire will not be possible in this area.

Welcome to the Kisatchie National Forest

Come visit Louisiana's ONLY National Forest with over 604,000 acres to explore

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Recreation Status Updates

  • Recreation

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    You'll find a variety of recreational opportunities on the Kisatchie for everyone to enjoy - from hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, off-highway vehicle riding, and of course, hunting in Sportsman's Paradise!

  • Maps

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    Get the “lay of the land” with maps in your format: interactive, downloadable, and print. Handy Motor Vehicle Use Maps are also available for the Kisatchie.

  • Fire Information

    Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    The Kisatchie National Forest is under a Stage 2 Fire Restriction. No open flames allowed on the Forest at this time.

  • Fire Management

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    Prescribed fire is an important management tool for Kisatchie National Forest Management . Visit the Fire Management page for more information.