Turkey Season Begins April 4 Wild turkey male and two turkey hens on the Kisatchie National Forest

Beginning Saturday, April 4, turkey season opens on the Kisatchie National Forest. 

Primitive hunter camps remain open at this time.

Please note all bathrooms on the Forest are unavailable.


The following campgrounds are temporarily suspended:

Kincaid Lake Campgrounds A & B, Valentine Lake Campground, Loran Campground, Fullerton Campground, Caney Lakes Campground, Stuart Lake Campground, Kisatchie Bayou Campground, Dogwood Campground, Cane Camp, Lotus Camp, Cloud Crossing Campground, Gum Springs Campground, and Gum Springs Horse Campground. Image of mother and son (Pardue Family) with a turkey hunted on the Kisatchie National Forest.


Please stay safe and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. 

(Photo credit: Matt Pardue, USFS Wildlife Biologist.)


Certain Recreation Facilities Temporarily Suspended on the Kisatchie National Forest:

A complete list of temporarily suspended sites is provided here. Associated hiking, non-motorized biking, and horseback riding trails and boat launches within these areas WILL REMAIN OPEN (except for the Longleaf Vista Trail - it is temporarly shut down to visitors at this time; and Lakeshore Trail, Lamotte Trail and Wild Azalea SPUR are closed due to tornado damage.)  All bathroom facilities within the Forest are CLOSED at this time. The Forest remains OPEN to turkey scouting and will be open to turkey hunting when the season begins on April 4. All motorized trails are closed at this time.

Kisatchie National Forest offers virtual services in response to COVID-19

The Kisatchie National Forest is implementing virtual services beginning March 23 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.

Winn Ranger District Lane Road Project

The Winn Ranger District is proposing 2,966 acres of commercial harvest treatments in the Lane Road Project (Compartments 50, 58, and 59) of the District.  The purpose of this project is to reduce the risk of a southern pine beetle (SPB; Dendroctonus frontalis) epidemic and increase this forest area's resilience to SPB outbreaks. The proposed actions include restoration, thinning, and non-native invasive species control. The project is located in Winn Parish, LA (see map). For more information regarding this proposed action and how you may comment, please read the Lane Road Project collaboration notice.   

Closure Maps for Tornado Damaged Areas - Evangeline and Vernon Units of the Calcasieu Ranger District

Evangeline Unit Closure Area

Vernon Unit Closure Area    

Kincaid Lake Trails Update

A portion of the Kincaid Loop Trail around Kincaid Lake has been opened. The trail was damaged heavily after the December 2019 tornado and was closed for public safety. Forest Service employees have been diligently working to open the effected areas. As indicated on the map, a one-mile reroute will begin just before the Kincaid Loop A camping area and will continue onto FS Rd 205 and end at the fee station trailhead. Please follow the reroute postings throughout the trail. Please also note for the safety of the public, Lakeshore Trail, Lamotte Trail, and Wild Azalea SPUR are CLOSED due to tornado damage.

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

Image of the cover of the 2019-2020 LA Dept of Wildlife

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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2019 Regional Forester Honor Awards

Regional Forester Awards

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Resource Advisory Committee Page