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, 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; and 5) Caney Ranger District is located in Webster and Clairborne 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-Check with the District Office before your trip.

Bird watching, Sightseeing, Scenic Drives, Overlooks, Wilderness Areas and Scenic Rivers, and other areas of interest abound throughout the Forest.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex Camping/Day Use Open to Visitor
Sandstone Multi-Use Trail Open to Visitor Sandstone Multiple-Use Trail Seasonal Closure. 1/8/2018 through 4/27/2018
Areas & Activities
Image from Saline Lake

Saline Bayou Images