Tornado Damaged Areas on the Kisatchie National Forest

On Monday, December 16, a tornado ripped through Vernon and Rapides Parishes, destroying approximately 2,500 acres on the Kisatchie National Forest's Calcasieu Ranger District over a 30-mile distance. Thousands of trees were damaged and as a result, all of the Calcasieu Ranger District areas identified within the designated areas below are closed to ALL visitor activities, including hunting.  All National Forest System roads and trails within the closure areas are also closed to the public. Roads and recreation sites open within the safety closure area include: Fullerton Lake and its Day-Use Area and Campground, Government Pond and Campground, Valentine Lake and Campground, the East Boat Ramp of Kincaid Lake, West Boat Ramp of Kincaid Lake, West Kincaid Entrance, East Kincaid Entrance, Kincaid Camping area, and Evangeline Camp are all open to the public. The Wild Azalea Trail is closed between Valentine Lake Recreation Area and FS Road E023A and open between FS Road E023A to Woodworth, LA. All other trails within the boundary areas are closed.

The closure is effective December 19 until rescinded by the USDA Forest Service. Closure area maps will be updated as assessments are made and areas are opened. Check back here or on our Facebook page for updated information and maps. The closure order can be found here. Please call the Calcasieu Ranger District office at (318)793-9427 or the Supervisor's Office of the Kisatchie National Forest at (318)473-7160.

Updated map of tornado damaged closure area on the Evangeline District

Jan 8 2020 map of tornado closure for the Vernon Unit Calcasieu Ranger District



    Smoke is in the Air!                                                     Photo of a fire fighter lighting a prescribed fire near a main road, with smoke on the road.

It is the time of the year when the Ranger Districts of the Kisatchie National Forest conduct prescribed burning operations. Usually now until mid-May is the prime time to burn due to prevailing weather and burning conditions. The use of a control burn or prescribed burn is a vital tool employed to reduce hazardous fuel build up in order to prevent an unintended wildfire. In addition, prescribed fire restores and maintains the habitat of native species, enhances wildlife habitat and greatly improves the ecosystem of Longleaf Pine.  Prescribed burning operations are conducted under very precise limitations, including the terrain, the fuel build up, wind direction and speed, relative humidity, and smoke management within overall atmospheric conditions. The USDA Forest Service works closely with many partners in applying fire across the landscape, including the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, local Sheriff's Offices, and numerous individual landowners and volunteer fire departments in their respective parishes. The protection of the public and USDA Forest Service employees is of the utmost importance to the agency. Any interested parties are encouraged to contact their local district office or the Supervisor's Office at (318)473-7160.


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!


2019-2020 LDWF Hunting Regulations

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The 2019-2020 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunting Regulations guide is in print and ready to be picked up at our offices, or found

2019-2020 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest

2019-2020 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest


2019-2020 Catahoula & Red Dirt Preserve Permit

2019-2020 Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve Permit

2019-2020 Motor Vehicle Use Maps Available

2019-20 Motor Vehicle-Use Maps available online.

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