Recreation

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
Cloud Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is temporarily suspended. Dispersed camping is available throughout the Forest.
Enduro Camp Closed to Visitor Due to tornado damage, the campground at Enduro is currently closed.
Enduro Trail Closed to Visitor Closed due to tornado damage (12/16/19) in the area. Trail will reopen when it is safe to use.
Hickman Trailhead (Trail) Closed to Visitor This trail is temporarily closed due to excessive rainfall in the area.
Kincaid Lake Recreation Area, Camping/Day Use    This campground is open. The beach and picnic area (day-use area) are temporarily shut down at this time.
Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex Camping/Day Use Closed to Visitor This campground and day-use area is temporarily suspended. Dispersed camping is available throughout the Forest.
Little Creek Trailhead (Trail) Closed to Visitor This trail is temporarily closed due to excessive rainfall in the area.
Stuart Lake Recreation Complex, Camping/Day Use Closed to Visitor Currently, Stuart Lake, the campground, and a small portion of the Glen Emery Hiking Trail (near the Lake) are temporarily suspended.  The majority of the Glen Emery Hiking Trail is open. Dispersed camping is available throughout the Forest.
Sugar Cane Trail Closed to Visitor Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, June 17, 2020, due to logging operations in the area and will remain closed until further notice for public safety. You may call the Caney Ranger District office at 318-927-2061 for more information.

Quick Links

Areas & Activities


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