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Overview of Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area

Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area is located within the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. This area is known for its picturesque bayou surrounded by a dense forest of longleaf pines and a rich diversity of wildlife. It is popular for camping, hiking, fishing, and canoeing among visitors seeking a natural retreat.

Camping Information


  • The campground offers primitive camping spots without electric or water hookups, aiming to provide a true nature experience.
  • There is usually a central bathhouse with restrooms and possibly showers for camper convenience.
  • Picnic tables and grills might be available at certain campsites.

Reservations and Fees:

  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others could possibly be reserved ahead of time.
  • There will be a nominal fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of campsite and length of stay. Check the official Forest Service website or contact the ranger district office for the most accurate and recent fee schedule.

Camping Rules:

  • Campfires are typically allowed in designated fire rings, but always check fire restrictions, as they can change with weather conditions and seasons.
  • It's important to practice "Leave No Trace" principles, meaning campers should pack out all trash and leave the site as they found it.
  • Noise and generator use may be restricted to certain hours to maintain a peaceful environment.
  • Wildlife should not be fed, and food should be stored securely to avoid attracting animals to the campsite.

Hiking and Trails

Trail Availability:

  • Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area typically features multiple trails that vary in difficulty and length, catering to both novice and experienced hikers.
  • Some trails may lead you through the forest, along the bayou, or to scenic overlooks.

Trail Rules:

  • Stay on designated trails to protect the surrounding ecosystem.
  • Be prepared for the weather and terrain, and ensure you have adequate water and supplies.
  • Some trails may also be available for mountain biking or horseback riding; check for trail-specific rules.

Water Activities

Canoeing and Kayaking:

  • The bayou provides ideal conditions for canoeing and kayaking, with serene waters that meander through the forest.
  • Be aware of water levels and currents, which can vary with weather conditions and seasons.


  • Anglers can enjoy fishing in the bayou. Common catches might include bass, catfish, and bream.
  • A valid Louisiana fishing license is required, and state and federal regulations apply.

Wildlife and Safety


  • The area is home to various wildlife, including deer, squirrels, alligators, and numerous bird species.
  • It's critical to maintain a safe distance from all wildlife and never attempt to feed or approach them.

Safety Tips:

  • Cell phone coverage may be limited, so plan accordingly.
  • Pack a first aid kit and be knowledgeable about basic first aid techniques.
  • Notify someone of your itinerary and expected return time when venturing into the forest.

Check Before You Go

Given that conditions and regulations can change, it's crucial to contact the Kisatchie National Forest's ranger district or check their official website for the latest updates regarding:

  • Current fire conditions and restrictions
  • Water level information and safety advisories for paddling
  • Updates on trail closures or maintenance
  • Any other seasonal advisories that may impact your visit

Ensuring that you have the most up-to-date information will help make your trip to Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area safe and enjoyable.

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