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What's Open and What's Not for July 4th Weekend:

Text about preventing wildfires with Smokey BearFor a complete list of the status of each recreation site, please see below. For a printable list of the recreation site status, please click here.

  • Some restroom facilities remain shut down. Please go before you go!

  • Some sites charge a small usage fee.

  • Reservations are not required for campgrounds. They are first come, first served EXCEPT for Beaver Dam Campground on the Caney Ranger District.

  • The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.

  • Motorized trail status changes with weather conditions. Please call the OHV Trail Status Hotline for updates: 866-830-6467.

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

SHUT DOWN:

  • Kincaid Lake Day-Use and Beach Area (you may hike through area only) – no date yet on reopening

  • Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

  • Tiny spur of Kincaid Lake Trail has been rerouted around Kincaid Lake Camping Area Loop A due to tornado damage

  • Lakeshore Trail beginning at Kincaid East Boat Ramp trailhead is closed due to tornado damage

OPEN:

  • All Kincaid Boat Launches

  • Kincaid Lake Trail – people may park at the gate, go behind the gate, walk the trails around Kincaid Lake (trail has been rerouted due to tornado damage)

  • Kincaid Campgrounds A & B

  • Kincaid Primitive Camp

  • Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground

  • Loran Campground

  • Boy Scout Camp

  • Evangeline Camp – tent camping only

  • Ahtus Melder Camp

  • Wild Azalea Trail

  • Camp Claiborne OHV Trails (may close due to excessive rainfall – check hotline for status updates)

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

SHUT DOWN:

  • Enduro OHV Trail and Campground (closed for several more months due to tornado damage)

  • Fullerton Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:

  • Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail

  • Fullerton Campground

  • Little Cypress day-use area

  • Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail

  • Blue Hole and Hogback Ridge Trail

  • Government Pond Camping

  • Government Pond fishing and day-use horse riding

  • Wolf Rock Cave

  • Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area

  • Wild Turkey Trail

  • Hunter Camp

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes (318-927-2061)

SHUT DOWN:

  • Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – no date yet on reopening

  • Corney Lake Day-Use and Group-Use Areas – no date yet on reopening

  • Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail (partial segments open - please see map)

OPEN:

  • Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – reservations may be made at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233319 

  • Caney Lakes and Corney Lake boat launches

  • Corney Bayou Boat Ramp

  • Corney Lake Hunter Camp

  • Sugar Creek Hunter Camp

  • Bucktail Hunter Camp

  • Turkey Trot Hunter Camp

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish (318-765-3554)

SHUT DOWN:

  • Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground – to open soon

  • Glen Emery Trailhead located at Stuart Lake – to open soon

  • Stuart Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

  • Livingston OHV Trails – Hickman Trail and Little Creek  - closed due to excessive rainfall in the area

OPEN:

  • 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

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish (318-472-1840)

SHUT DOWN:

  • Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground – no date yet on reopening

  • Kisatchie Bayou access (the gate is shut and visitors may not walk behind the gate EXCEPT to access the Caroline Dormon Trail ONLY – may be fined if found in the Bayou day-use area)

OPEN:

  • Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, and Picnic Area

  • Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area

  • Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail

  • Sandstone Trail (check OHV hotline for updates on trail conditions for mechanized use)

  • Anderson Pond

  • Dogwood Campground

  • Corral Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs

  • Coyote Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs

  • Cane Camp

  • Lotus Camp

  • Custis Camp

  • Oak Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for Horses

  • Red Bluff Camp – Camping

  • 395 Parking Lot – Sandstone Trail Access for Horses and/or OHVs

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish (318-628-4664)

SHUT DOWN:

  • Cloud Crossing Campground – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:

  • Gum Springs Campground

  • Gum Springs Horse Campground

  • Gum Springs Horse Trail

  • Saline Bayou

    • Cloud Crossing Launch Area

    • Pearfield Launch Area

    • Goldonna Launch Area

    • Sand Point Launch Area

  • Saline Bayou Recreation Trail

  • Highway 472 Hunter Camp

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

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!

Spotlights

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

NEW, printable 2019-20 Motor Vehicle-Use Maps available now!

 



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Kisatchie NF Facebook Page


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Resource Advisory Committee Page

 



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