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Outdoor Recreation - Fishing

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Explore the great outdoors in Rapides Parish. Adventure awaits visitors around every bend, turn, and hill in the Alexandria/Pineville Area. From the blooming azaleas in the Spring to the fall foliage throughout the area forests in the Fall, even a simple drive can be an adventure for the eyes.

  • Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback, ATV, and multi-use trails in the Kisatchie National Forest, as well camping areas, beaches, piers, and historic sites. You can also try to see the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker in the Forest, or ask about the three bat caves on the land. Visit for more information about this area.
  • Hike the Wild Azalea Trail - Louisiana's longest hiking trail at 31 miles long.
  • Enjoy a horseback ride through the forest. Hayes E Daze Riding Adventures will take you on a guided ride along trails in the National Forest.
  • Camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing can be found at Indian Creek Recreational Area in the Alexander Forest.
  • A walk along the boardwalks at Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site will introduce you to the indigenous trees and birds of the area. This is also a great area to take in the sites of the mighty Red River at the overlook at the site of Bailey’s Dam.
  • Fishing opportunities are abundant. Of course, you can fish the recreation areas in the National Forest, or you can drop a line at Cotile Lake Recreation Area, Indian Creek, the Red River, and many other places. For more information about the Red River visit
  • Experience camping, trail riding, mud riding and more at Louisiana Mudfest in Colfax. Visit for a list of special events, live entertainment, and camping rates.
  • Birding and nature watching is an easy pastime in Central Louisiana with so diverse a landscape and foliage.

But do not just take our word – come visit and see for yourself why the Heart of Louisiana is the Heart of Outdoors.

Cotile Lake Recreation Area
75 Cotile Lake Rd
Boyce, LA 71409
United States

Man-made impoundment located in the uplands approximately 15 miles west northwest of Alexandria.

Map Info: Cotile Lake Recreation Area 31.333818 -92.730706
Bayou Cocodrie
6387-6201 LA-565
Jonesville, LA 71343
United States

Cocodrie Bayou is designated as a state scenic river. The Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge is located 50 miles northeast of Alexandria, 3.5 miles south of Ferriday. There is a boating access at the southern end of the refuge.

Map Info: Bayou Cocodrie 31.553504 -92.82821
Indian Creek Recreational Area
100 Camp Ground Rd
Woodworth, LA 71485
United States

Camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing can be found at Indian Creek Recreational Area in the Alexander Forest. Part of the Alexander State Forest, Indian Creek Lake offers excellent fishing for freshwater species over flooded timberland. Fishing is permitted year round and in accordance with state fishing regulations.

Map Info: Indian Creek Recreational Area 31.099251 -92.511961
Kincaid Lake Recreation Area
Forest Services Rd
Boyce, LA 71409
United States

Rapides Parish, Kisatchie National Forest, Calcasieu District, Evangeline Unit

Map Info: Kincaid Lake Recreation Area 31.273104 -92.626371
Kisatchie Bayou
Bayou Camp rd
Provencal, LA 71468
United States

Bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and Sandbass. There is a large, multi-directional open and covered fishing pier.

Map Info: Kisatchie Bayou 31.421593 -93.164707
Lake Buhlow
Lake Buhlow
Pineville, LA 71360
United States

“Fastest Lake in the US”

Map Info: Lake Buhlow 31.33528 -92.444346
Little River
Little River Road
Jonesville, LA 71343
United States

Rapides, Grant, Catahoula and LaSalle Parishes – From the juncture of Dugdemona River and Castor Creek to its entrance into Catahoula Lake.

Map Info: Little River 31.5843234 -92.3065138
Louisiana Mudfest
12220 Louisiana 8
Colfax, LA 71417
United States

Rapides and Grant Parishes, located along the Red River, offers off-road, ATV, and multi-use trails. Mudfest also features several special events each year including mud riding, live concerts and more!

Map Info: Louisiana Mudfest 31.506629 -92.701029
Red River

Several boat launches and fishing areas along the Red River.

Map Info: Red River 31.3118073 -92.440588
Spring Creek
12029 US-165
Glenmora, LA 71433
United States

Rapides Parish – From Otis to Cocodrie Lake in Rapides Parish.

Map Info: Spring Creek 31.0458474 -92.6131808


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