Recreation

A sportsman’s paradise, Northeast Louisiana has many venues to offer the thrill seeker and outdoorsman. Great dining, entertainment, shopping and numerous social activities are just a few of the reasons why Northeast Louisiana is considered a great place to live. Businesses will find that no matter what the product they are selling they will definitely find a market for it here.

Monroe – West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ouachita Parish

Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ouachita Parish was created by the state to serve as the marketing arm for the cities of Monroe-West Monroe and Ouachita Parish. Its primary funding is provided by occupancy and sales taxes on all hotel/motel room rentals in Ouachita Parish.

Their mission is to attract conventions and tourists not only to the parish but also to the region. There are many activities and events in the area of which residents can take advantage. Recreational activities such as golfing, boating, swimming, camping and ball playing are year-round with the mild climate in the area.

The following is a partial list of activities taking place in the region throughout the year. Specifics on these and other events can be found on the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events.

For more information on these and other varied events and activities, please visit the Monore-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge

D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, located north of West Monroe, Louisiana, lies on the western edge of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. It was established in 1975 to protect bottomland hardwoods and provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Additionally the refuge provides habitat for alligators, bald eagles, the little known Rafinesque’s big-eared bat and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The refuge is bisected by 13 miles of Bayou D’Arbonne, a stream in the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System, and is crisscrossed by numerous creeks, sloughs and oxbow lakes. The bottomland hardwoods support a diversity of plants and wildlife which affords numerous wildlife dependent recreational activities. Cypress swamps, bottomland hardwood and upland forests complete the landscape that is habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals. D’Arbonne NWR also has the national record mayhaw tree, a wetland species with fruit that makes delicious jelly. D’Arbonne is one of four refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuges Complex.

More information

D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
11372 Hwy 143, Farmerville, LA 71241
E-mail: northlouisianarefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-726-4222
www.fws.gov/darbonne

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge was established through Public Law 96-285 on June 28, 1980 to preserve one of the largest privately owned tracts of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the Mississippi Delta. The bottomland hardwood forest contains a diversity of plant and animal species. Over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish can be found on the refuge. The refuge consists of nearly 70,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and oxbow lakes. This type of habitat once covered 25 million acres of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Resting and feeding habitat for thousands of migrating and wintering waterfowl are provided by the refuge. The states largest population of the federally-listed threatened Louisiana black bear is found on the refuge. The last citing of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which is thought to be extinct by most scientists, occurred in the 1940’s adjacent to what is now the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.

More information

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
2312 Quebec Road, Tallulah, LA 71282
E-mail: tensasriver@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-574-2664
www.fws.gov/tensasriver

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent wintering habitat for tens of thousands of ducks and geese. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the threatened Louisiana black bear are found on the Upper Ouachita NWR. Other wildlife species that call the refuge home include alligators, deer, turkey, squirrels, bald eagles and beaver. Upper Ouachita NWR is one of the four refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuges Complex.

More information

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
11372 Highway 143, Farmerville, LA 71363-0201
Email: northlarefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-726-4400
www.fws.gov/upperouachita

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 through a unique partnership with the city of Monroe, Louisiana. The 2,000 acre scenic lake is owned by the city and serves as its secondary water source. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a free ninety-nine year management lease on the lake. The Service purchased 2,200 acres of land surrounding the lake, which expanded the refuge to 4,200 acres and protected most of the lake’s watershed. The beautiful natural lake is studded with picturesque cypress and tupelo trees, and surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods and then into upland mixed pine/hardwoods. The refuge supports an excellent fisheries resource and provides valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl, neotropical migratory songbirds, and many resident wildlife species. Black Bayou Lake NWR offers great fishing, hunting and wildlife observation opportunities.

More information

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
480 Richland Place, Monroe, LA
Email: northlouisianarefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-387-1114
www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/blackbayoulake

Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge

Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge is located just north of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish, north central Louisiana. The refuge was established in 1988 with the southeast’s first fee title transfer of a Farmer’s Home Administration tract (466 acres) to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A free lease of 38 acres from International Paper Company increased the refuge to the current 501 acres. An observation platform overlooks a permanent wetland, which is excellent habitat for wintering waterfowl, wading birds and many other wetland dependent species.

More information

Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge
11372 Highway 143, Farmerville, LA 71363-0201
Email: NorthLARefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-726-4400
www.fws.gov/handybrake

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hunting and fishing are a way of life in the northeastern area of the Sportsman’s Paradise. Lakes, rivers and bayous abound in the bottomland hardwood and mixed pine forests and agricultural landscape. The waters offer excellent fishing for bass, crappie, bream and catfish while forests provide habitat for trophy white-tail deer, eastern wild turkeys, wild hogs, small game and birds. And during the winter, the area is habitat for wintering waterfowl. Professional hunting and fishing outfitters and sportsman’s lodges can accommodate groups of nearly any size.

Abundant wildlife, acres of woodlands and miles of trails and nearly deserted roads provide opportunities for hiking, birding, photography, wildlife watching, painting, writing and other outdoor activities. Miles of rivers and bayous offer the chance for boating or canoeing the Mississippi River’s tributaries and distributaries bordered by fascinating landscapes teeming with wildlife. Campgrounds, canoe liveries and boat launches allow you to get close to nature.

Louisiana State Parks

For a complete listing of all Louisiana State Parks, visit www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iparkslisting.aspx

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

1500 Poverty Point Parkway, Delhi, LA 71232
318-878-7536 or 800-474-0392 toll free
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.

Hours of Operation:
6 am to 9 pm, Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

Email
povertypointres@crt.state.la.us

Deluxe Cabins
8 available

Standard Lodge
4 available

Camping

9 improved campsites (water and electrical hookup)

45 premium campsites (water, electrical and sewerage hookup)

The 2700 acre, man-made lake that is the center piece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of water sport activities and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl migration. The fish and wildlife species inhabiting or migration through the reservoir are numerous. Anglers can fish the lake year round for largemouth bass.

North Marina Complex

The North Marina Complex, off La. 17 on the northwest corner of the lake, features a swimming beach area, boat launch, marina with 48 covered boat slips, concession area, fishing pier and fish cleaning station. The marina complex will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closing at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).

Rental boat slips in the Marina complex are available on an annual lease by contacting the office.

Lake Bruin State Park

201 State Park Road, St. Joseph, LA 71366
318-766-3530 or 888-677-2784 toll-free
For reservations call: 1-877-CAMP-N-LA
(877-226-7652) toll free.

New Camping Area Open at Lake Bruin State Park

  • 34 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)
  • 14 Premium Campsites (5 pull-through campsites.)
  • 12 prime location campsites (all with water and electrical hookup)
  • 2 Unimproved Campsites (no hookup)

Contact us for a complete listing of available facilities and activities.

Email
lakebruin@crt.state.la.us

Lake D’Arbonne State Park

3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville, LA 71241
318-368-2086 or 888-677-5200

For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.

Hours of Operation
6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days proceeding holidays.

Reservable Facilities
Deluxe Cabins: 16 Available, 1 is ADA compliant. Deluxe Lodges: 2 Available, 1 is ADA compliant.
Group Camp: Includes dining hall/kitchen & 2 dormitory style wings, sleeping up to 52 people. Meeting Room: Capacity is 35 people for Conference set-up and 60 people for Theater set-up.
Tennis Courts: Available for overnight guests and for day-use visitors with payment of entrance fee.

Camping
51 Improved Campsites
(water and electrical hookup)
7 Premium Campsites
(all prime location campsites, with water
and electrical hookup)

Golden Age & Golden Access Passports (Available through the National Park Service).

Contact us for a complete listing of available facilities and activities.

Email
lakedarbonne@crt.state.la.us

Chemin-A-Haut State Park

14656 State Park Road, Bastrop, LA 71220-7078
318-283-0812 or 888-677-2436 toll free

For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.

Standard Cabins
6 Available, 1 is ADA compliant.

Deluxe Cabins
8 Available, 1 is ADA compliant.

Meeting Room
Capacity is 150 people for both conference and theater style set-up.

Group Camp
Sleeps up to 38 people.

Camping
26 Improved Campsites (water & electrical hookup. Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 20).

Golden Age & Golden Access Passports (Available through the National Park Service).

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