Recreation

Recreation area updates may be found on the home page of this website, as well as in the Recreation Conditions Report at the bottom of this page.

To read about the Recreation Fee Accomplishment Highlights for the Kisatchie National Forest during 2018-2019, please click here to see how your fees are used to support and enhance the Forest.

There are many recreational activities throughout the Kisatchie National Forest. The Forest is divided into five districts: 1) Calcasieu Ranger District, Evangeline Unit is located in Rapides Parish nearest to Alexandria and Pineville, Vernon Unit in Vernon Parish nearest to Leesville; 2) Catahoula Ranger District is located in Grant Parish, nearest to Pollock, Dry Prong, and Bentley; 3) Winn Ranger District is located in Winn Parish nearest to Winnfield; 4) Kisatchie Ranger District is located in Natchitoches Parish nearest to Natchitoches; 5) Caney Ranger District is located in Webster and Claiborne Parishes, nearest to Homer, Minden, and Shreveport.  

Click on the "Find an Area" tab to the right of the screen and select the District you are interested in to see what they have to offer. 

Fishing and hunting on the Kisatchie National Forest are in some of Louisiana's most beautiful landscapes. The regulations for Louisiana Hunting and Fishing are applied on the Forest, although there are added regulations in some areas. See more information under the Hunting or Fishing tabs in the left-hand column.

There are numerous trails throughout the Forest that are marked as multi-use trails. Distances vary from 1/2 mile to nearly 30 miles. Most traverse across rolling hills with many scenic areas scattered throughout. Check with the District website page for more detailed information and maps of all the available trails.

The streams and tributaries are not drinkable so bring plenty of water. Know your surroundings and check the weather before your trip.

The Calcasieu, Kisatchie, and Catahoula Districts have off-highway vehicle trails. The Kisatchie District's Sandstone Trail is seasonally closed from January 1 - April 30 of each year for repairs. All trails have the chance of closure due to excessive rain and will be posted as such on the OHV Status webpage as soon as possible. Or you may dial 1-866-830-6467. Check with the District Office before your trip.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Claiborne Multi-Use Trails Open to Visitor
Enduro Camp Closed to Visitor Due to hurricane damage, the campground at Enduro is currently closed.
Enduro Trail Closed to Visitor Closed due to hurricane damage in the area. Trail will reopen when it is safe to use.
Fullerton Lake Recreation Complex, Camping/Day Use Closed to Visitor Partially closed - the boat launch, pavilion, restrooms and children's playground are OPEN to the public. No camping or hiking the interpretive trail at this time.
Hickman Trailhead (Trail) Closed to Visitor Due to impacts from Hurricane Laura, this OHV trail is closed.
Kincaid Lake Recreation Area, Camping/Day Use Closed to Visitor
Little Creek Trailhead (Trail) Closed to Visitor Due to impacts from Hurricane Laura, this OHV trails is closed.
Longleaf Vista Open to Visitor
Longleaf Vista Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor
Loran/Claiborne Trailhead Camp Open to Visitor
Lotus Camp Closed to Visitor Lotus Camp is currently closed for reconstruction. Opening date to be determined. Please use Oak, Corral, Red Bluff, or Cane Camps.
Sandstone Multi-Use Trail Open to Visitor
Stuart Lake Recreation Complex, Camping/Day Use Closed to Visitor Day use area closed Thursday, June 17, for tree removal. Day-Use Area Open ONLY (lake and picnic area). Campground and hiking trail remain closed due to hurricane damage.
Valentine Lake Recreation Complex, Camping/Day Use Open to Visitor

Quick Links

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/kisatchie/recreation