Kisatchie Plan Amendment & Caney Fuels Program Environmental Assessment

The Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) is proposing an amendment to the Forest Plan and is proposing a Caney fuels management program for the Caney Ranger District and have prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The plan amendment would allow greater flexibility in the use of prescribed fire for managing the fire-adapted ecosystems and species on the KNF; the forest would like to modify the number of acres that could be burned each year, remove restrictions on burning during the growing season, and update some management guidelines for the application of prescribed fire. The Caney fuels management program would allow for fuel treatment across the district including the use of prescribed burning, site preparation burning, and mulching. Comments on the EA and programmatic Plan amendment will be accepted for 30 days; these two comment periods will run concurrently and begin the day after the legal notice publishes in the KNF newspaper of record (Alexandria, Louisiana’s The Town Talk). For specific details on the proposed actions of the EA and the plan amendment and how you can comment, please visit here. Contact Mary Wimberly, Staff Officer for Fire, Lands, Minerals, and Special Uses at mary.wimberly@usda.gov or 318.500.0841 for additional information.

Kisatchie Recreation Area Updates (as of May 10, 2021): 

  • All OHV Trails (Claiborne and Loran campground, Enduro, Livingston, and Sandstone Multiple Use Trails) are CLOSED to motorized use.
  • The Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area is OPEN.
  • Fullerton Lake is partially OPEN - no camping or using the trail. The pavilion, restrooms, boat launch, and children's playground are open.
  • The Forest is open to hunting. Please use extreme caution and watch for hazardous trees and conditions which are more prevalent after the hurricanes.
  • 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!

OPEN:

  • Valentine Lake Trail
  • Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
  • Evangeline Camp
  • Boy Scout Camp
  • Ahtus Melder Camp
  • Wild Azalea Trail
  • All Kincaid Boat Launches

CLOSED:  

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

OPEN:

  • Fullerton Group-Use Area (Pavilion, children's playground, restrooms) - opening date May 8
  • Fullerton Lake (including boat launch) - opening date May 8
  • Little Cypress Day-use Area and Pavilion 
  • Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
  • Government Pond Camping and Fishing
  • Hunter Camp
  • Wolf Rock Cave
  • Blue Hole Recreation Complex

CLOSED: 

  • Enduro OHV Trail and Campground
  • Fullerton Campground
  • Fullerton Lake Interpretive Trail
  • Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
  • Wild Turkey Trail
Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes (318-927-2061)

OPEN:

CLOSED: 

  • Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – opening date May 28
Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish (318-765-3554)

OPEN:

  • Stuart Lake Recreation Area (Day-Use Area Only)
  • Glen Emery Hiking Trail
  • Iatt Lake
  • 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: 

  • Stuart Lake Campground
  • 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)

OPEN:

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

CLOSED: 

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

OPEN:

  • 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 (use caution when riding)
  • 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: 

  • Saline Bayou Recreation Trail

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

Due to heightened safety measures being enacted across the Southern Region because of increased COVID-19 cases, our offices are returning to virtual status. 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. Customers may also mail appropriate fees for forest maps and Kisatchie Passes to the Supervisor's Office, 2500 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA, 71360. Items available for purchase by check or money order (make payable to USDA Forest Service): Kisatchie Visitor Map ($14 - may also purchase this map online at Map Finder), Kisatchie Day-Use Pass ($30 each) or Kisatchie Trail-Use Pass ($50 each).  To purchase America the Beautiful Passes by mail, please visit the USGS Store to order park passes. Available passes include: Annual Senior, Lifetime Senior, Annual, Annual Military, and Every Kid in a Park. 

Kisatchie National Forest Open 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 https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/seasons-and-regulations. 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 Preserves, 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!

Spotlights

2020-2021 LDWF Hunting and WMA Regulations

Image of the cover of the 2020-2021 LDWF Hunting and WMA Regulations Guide

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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Fire information for prescribed fires

Prescribed Fire Burn Maps


Photo of Smokey Bear

Kisatchie NF Facebook Page


Kisatchie RAC Resource Advisory Committee Logo

Resource Advisory Committee Page

 



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