Kisatchie National Forest Re-opens after Hurricane Laura to Huntingnull

After a two-week hurricane assessment closure, the Kisatchie National Forest re-opens to hunting, boating, and dispersed camping. The Caney Ranger District in northern Louisiana, which was largely unaffected by Hurricane Laura, remains open and available for most public uses. The rest of the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) was severely damaged by Hurricane Laura. Four of the five Ranger Districts of the KNF received some damage with the Vernon Parish portion of the Calcasieu Ranger District receiving the heaviest damage. “We have over 200,000 acres with trees on the ground,” said Forest Supervisor Lisa Lewis. “To visualize just how much timber that is, if we could harvest all of the downed trees, stack them on 80-foot-long log trucks, align the trucks end to end, they would reach from New Orleans to Glacier National Park, approximately 2,370 miles. Some roads remain blocked by logs and debris. Our recreation sites received extreme damage,” Lewis continued. “The two-week closure order gave us time to assess the damage, clear many of the roads, get helicopter and drone video and give our employees time to cut and clear access into recreation sites and red-cockaded woodpecker clusters.”

The KNF receives many visits from hunters in early fall. Deer archery season opens this Saturday, September 19, in some areas of the Kisatchie. Squirrel season opens October 3 throughout KNF, and deer gun season will soon follow.

Hunters and other users of the Forest are cautioned to be careful in the Forest. Dead snags, root-sprung trees, large hanging limbs and broken tops are hazards that are always in the general Forest zone. However, after the impacts of the severe storm, there are more of these hazardous conditions present. Additionally, trees and limbs that were damaged by the storm could fall on a public road. Therefore, hunters and other users should always be aware of fallen tree hazards while driving through the Forest.

 

Cover of the 2020-2021 Louisiana state hunting regulations2020-2021 Louisiana Hunting & WMA Regulations are here!

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 Preserve, you will need this special season permit.

 

Kisatchie Recreation Area Updates (as of September 18, 2020):

Calcasieu Ranger District / Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish (318-793-9427)

OPEN:

  • All Kincaid Boat Launches

CLOSED:

  • 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)

OPEN:

  • Government Pond Camping and Fishing
  • Hunter Camp

CLOSED:

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

OPEN:

  • Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – reservations may be made at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233319
  • 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
  • Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail (partial segments open – please see map)
  • 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
  • Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail
Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish (318-765-3554)

CLOSED:

  • 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
  • Bankston Hunter Camp
  • Highway 472 Hunter Camp
  • Pearson Hunter Camp
  • Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp
  • Livingston OHV Trails – Hickman Trail and Little Creek
Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish (318-472-1840)

OPEN:

  • Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area and Associated Trails
  • Anderson Pond Day Use Area
  • Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, and Picnic Area

CLOSED:

  • Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground
  • Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail
  • Sandstone Trail
  • Cane Camp
  • Lotus Camp
  • Dogwood Campground (broken water line, soon to be reopened)
  • Corral Camp
  • Coyote Camp
  • Custis Camp
  • Oak Camp
  • Red Bluff Camp
  • 395 Parking Area
Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish (318-628-4664)

CLOSED:

  • Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
  • Gum Springs Horse Campground
  • Gum Springs Horse Trail
  • Gum Springs Campground
  • Highway 472 Hunter Camp
  • Cloud Crossing Campground
  • Saline Bayou
    • Cloud Crossing Launch Area
    • Pearfield Launch Area
    • Goldonna Launch Area
    • Sand Point Launch Area

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 and Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon 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

 

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

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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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