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Location and Access

Cloud Crossing Recreation Area is situated within the Kisatchie National Forest, which spans across central and northern Louisiana. This scenic area offers access to a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and fishing.

To reach Cloud Crossing, visitors should check the most recent maps and driving directions, as routes can change seasonally due to weather or forest management activities. Entry to the recreation area typically requires traveling on paved and unpaved forest roads.


Hiking: There are trails available for all experience levels, including those that are part of the extensive Kisatchie National Forest trail system.

Fishing: The area boasts bodies of water, making it a great spot for anglers seeking to catch local species.

Camping: Cloud Crossing offers facilities for tent camping, with designated sites that may include fire rings and picnic tables. It is important to confirm if any special restrictions or permits are required.


Basic Amenities: Expect rustic conditions with basic amenities. There might be portable or pit toilets, but often no running water or electricity. Campers should be prepared to bring in what they need and pack out all trash.

Campsite Info: Details about the number of sites, the reservation process, fees, and the maximum stay allowed can vary. It is crucial to check current conditions and campsite availability before planning your trip.

Safety and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Open fires may be restricted during dry conditions. Always check for current fire regulations and weather conditions before starting a campfire.

  • Wildlife: Kisatchie is home to diverse wildlife. Campers should store food securely and be aware of bears and other wildlife.

  • Leave No Trace: Kisatchie National Forest enforces Leave No Trace principles to minimize human impact on the natural environment.

  • Fishing Regulations: If you plan to fish, you must comply with Louisiana state fishing regulations, including having a valid fishing license.

Reservations and Fees

Fees for camping at Cloud Crossing Recreation Area may apply, and reservations might be possible depending on the current management policy. The availability of sites can be on a first-come, first-served basis, or require booking in advance through a designated system.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

Kisatchie National Forest experiences a humid subtropical climate, which means hot summers and mild winters. The best time for outdoor activities would generally be during the spring or fall when the temperatures are more moderate.

Contact Information

Before any trip, it's always best to contact the Ranger District that manages Cloud Crossing within Kisatchie National Forest for the most up-to-date information. They can provide specifics on the conditions, available facilities, and any alerts or closures you should be aware of.

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