U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest The Kisatchie National Forest has more than 600,000 acres of land spread across seven parishes in Louisiana and is divided into five Ranger Districts.
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The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. http://www.nationalforests.org/ The Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.

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Both the Gum Springs Campgrounds and the Gum Springs Horse Campgrounds on the Winn Ranger District will reopen on Friday...
06/05/2020

Both the Gum Springs Campgrounds and the Gum Springs Horse Campgrounds on the Winn Ranger District will reopen on Friday, June 5. For a complete list of the status of each recreation site on the Kisatchie National Forest as of June 5, please see below.

• Some restroom facilities remain shut down. Please go before you go!
• Some sites charge a small usage fee.
• Reservations are not required for campgrounds. They are first come, first served EXCEPT for Beaver Dam Campground on the Caney Ranger District.
• The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.
• Motorized trail status changes with weather conditions. Please call the OHV Trail Status Hotline for updates: 866-830-6467.

Calcasieu Ranger District / Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish (318-793-9427)

SHUT DOWN:
• Kincaid Lake Day-Use and Beach Area (you may hike through area only) – no date yet on reopening
• Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening
• Tiny spur of Kincaid Lake Trail has been rerouted around Kincaid Lake Camping Area Loop A due to tornado damage
• Lakeshore Trail beginning at Kincaid East Boat Ramp trailhead is closed due to tornado damage

OPEN:
• All Kincaid Boat Launches
• Kincaid Lake Trail – people may park at the gate, go behind the gate, walk the trails around Kincaid Lake (trail has been rerouted due to tornado damage)
• Kincaid Campgrounds A & B
• Kincaid Primitive Camp
• Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
• Loran Campground
• Boy Scout Camp
• Evangeline Camp – tent camping only
• Ahtus Melder Camp
• Wild Azalea Trail
• Camp Claiborne OHV Trails (may close due to excessive rainfall – check hotline for status updates)

Calcasieu Ranger District / Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish (318-793-9427)

SHUT DOWN:
• Enduro OHV Trail and Campground (closed for several more months due to tornado damage)
• Fullerton Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:
• Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail
• Fullerton Campground
• Little Cypress day-use area
• Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
• Blue Hole and Hogback Ridge Trail
• Government Pond Camping
• Government Pond fishing and day-use horse riding
• Wolf Rock Cave
• Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
• Wild Turkey Trail
• Hunter Camp

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes (318-927-2061)

SHUT DOWN:
• Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – no date yet on reopening
• Corney Lake Day-Use and Group-Use Areas – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:
• Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – reservations may be made at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233319
• Caney Lakes and Corney Lake boat launches
• Corney Bayou Boat Ramp
• Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail
• Corney Lake Hunter Camp
• Sugar Creek Hunter Camp
• Bucktail Hunter Camp
• Turkey Trot Hunter Camp

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish (318-765-3554)

SHUT DOWN:
• Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground – to open soon
• Glen Emery Trailhead located at Stuart Lake – to open soon
• Stuart Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening
• Livingston OHV Trails – Hickman Trail and Little Creek (temporarily closed due to excessive rainfall)

OPEN:
• Glen Emery Hiking Trail (except the trailhead near Stuart Lake)
• Iatt Lake
• Bankston Hunter Camp
• Highway 472 Hunter Camp
• Pearson Hunter Camp
• Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish (318-628-4664)

SHUT DOWN:
• Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground – no date yet on reopening
• Kisatchie Bayou access (the gate is shut and visitors may not walk behind the gate EXCEPT to access the Caroline Dormon Trail ONLY – may be fined if found in the Bayou day-use area)
• Dogwood Campground – no date yet on reopening
• Cane Camp – no date yet on reopening
• Lotus Camp – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:
• Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, Picnic Area – restroom remains shut down as it is out of order
• Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area
• Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail
• Sandstone Trail (check OHV hotline for updates on trail conditions for mechanized use)
• Anderson Pond
• Corral Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
• Coyote Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
• Custis Camp
• Oak Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for Horses
• Red Bluff Camp – Camping
• 395 Parking Lot – Sandstone Trail Access for Horses and/or OHVs

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish (318-628-4664)

SHUT DOWN:
• Cloud Crossing Campground – no date yet on reopening

OPEN:
• Gum Springs Campground
• Gum Springs Horse Campground
• Gum Springs Horse Trail
• Saline Bayou
o Cloud Crossing Launch Area
o Pearfield Launch Area
o Goldonna Launch Area
o Sand Point Launch Area
• Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
• Highway 472 Hunter Camp

U.S. Forest Service
06/02/2020

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Designated swimming sites on the Kisatchie National Forest remain closed. We will continue to assess these closure decis...
05/28/2020

Designated swimming sites on the Kisatchie National Forest remain closed. We will continue to assess these closure decisions and will continue to work closely with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen sites while prioritizing employee and public health and safety.

Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Sites(as of May 29, 2020): Some restroom facilities remain shut down. P...
05/28/2020

Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Sites
(as of May 29, 2020):
 Some restroom facilities remain shut down. Please go before you go!
 All fees associated with open recreation sites apply.
 Reservations are not required for campgrounds – first come, first serve EXCEPT for Beaver Dam Campground on the Caney Ranger District (which will reopen on June 1.)
 The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.
 Motorized trail status changes with weather conditions. Please call the OHV Trail Status Hotline for updates: 866-830-6467.

Calcasieu Ranger District / Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Kincaid Lake Day-Use and Beach Area (you may hike through area only)- no date yet on reopening
 Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area - no date yet on reopening
 Tiny spur of Kincaid Lake Trail has been rerouted around Kincaid Lake Camping Area Loop A due to tornado damage
 Lakeshore Trail beginning at Kincaid East Boat Ramp trailhead is closed due to tornado damage

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o All Kincaid Boat Launches
o Kincaid Lake Trail: people may park at the gate, go behind the gate, walk the trails around Kincaid Lake (Trail has been rerouted due to tornado damage)
o Kincaid Campgrounds A & B
o Kincaid Primitive Camp
o Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
o Loran Campground
o Boy Scout Camp
o Evangeline Camp – tent camping only
o Ahtus Melder Camp
o Wild Azalea Trail
o Camp Claiborne OHV Trails (may close due to excessive rainfall – check hotline for status updates)

Calcasieu Ranger District / Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Enduro OHV Trail and Campground (closed for several more months due to tornado damage)
 Fullerton Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail
o Fullerton Campground
o Little Cypress day-use area
o Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
o Blue Hole and Hogback Ridge Trail
o Government Pond Camping
o Government Pond fishing and day-use horse riding
o Wolf Rock Cave
o Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
o Wild Turkey Trail
o Hunter Camp

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – to open soon, June 1, reservations may be
made on https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233319
 Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – no date yet on reopening
 Corney Lake Day-Use and Group-Use Areas – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Caney Lakes and Corney Lake boat launches
o Corney Bayou Boat Ramp
o Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail
o Corney Lake Hunter Camp
o Sugar Creek Hunter Camp
o Bucktail Hunter Camp
o Turkey Trot Hunter Camp

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground – to open soon
 Glen Emery Trailhead located at Stuart Lake – to open soon
 Stuart Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening
 Livingston OHV Trails: Hickman Trail and Little Creek (temporarily closed due to excessive rainfall)

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Glen Emery Hiking Trail (except the trailhead near Stuart Lake)
o Iatt Lake
o Bankston Hunter Camp
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp
o Pearson Hunter Camp
o Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground – no date yet on reopening
 Kisatchie Bayou access (the gate is shut and visitors may not walk behind the gate EXCEPT to access
the Caroline Dormon Trail ONLY – may be fined if found in the Bayou day-use area)
 Dogwood Campground – no date yet on reopening
 Cane Camp – no date yet on reopening
 Lotus Camp – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, Picnic Area – restroom remains shut down as it is out of order
o Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area
o Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail
o Sandstone Trail (check OHV hotline for updates on trail conditions for mechanized use)
o Anderson Pond
o Corral Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
o Coyote Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
o Custis Camp
o Oak Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for Horses
o Red Bluff Camp – Camping
o 395 Parking Lot - Sandstone Trail Access for Horses and/or OHVs

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish:

 SHUT DOWN:
 Cloud Crossing Campground – no date yet on reopening
 Gum Springs Campground – to reopen soon
 Gum Springs Horse Campground – to reopen soon

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Gum Springs Horse Trail
o Saline Bayou
 Cloud Crossing Launch Area
 Pearfield Launch Area
 Goldonna Launch Area
 Sand Point Launch Area
o Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp

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05/28/2020

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05/27/2020
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Many of our restrooms on the Kisatchie National Forest remain temporarily unavailable. Please go before you go......
05/22/2020

Many of our restrooms on the Kisatchie National Forest remain temporarily unavailable. Please go before you go......

Kincaid, Valentine and Fullerton Campgrounds to open Friday, May 22!Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Site...
05/21/2020

Kincaid, Valentine and Fullerton Campgrounds to open Friday, May 22!
Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Sites
(as of May 22, 2020):

• Some restroom facilities remain shut down.
• Reservations are not required for campgrounds – first come, first serve EXCEPT for Beaver Dam Campground (which is not open at this time.)
• The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.
• All fees associated with open recreation sites apply.
• Motorized trail status changes with weather conditions. Please call the OHV Trail Status Hotline for updates: 866-830-6467.
• Check social media and website (www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie) often for additional site openings.

Calcasieu Ranger District / Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Kincaid Lake Day-Use and Beach Area (you may hike through area only)- no date yet on reopening
• Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area - no date yet on reopening
• Tiny spur of Kincaid Lake Trail has been rerouted around Kincaid Lake Camping Area Loop A due to tornado damage

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o All Kincaid Boat Launches
o Kincaid Lake Trail: people may park at the gate, go behind the gate, walk the trails around Kincaid Lake (Trail has been rerouted due to tornado damage)
o Kincaid Campgrounds A & B
o Kincaid Primitive Camp
o Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
o Loran Campground
o Boy Scout Camp
o Evangeline Camp – tent camping only
o Ahtus Melder Camp
o Wild Azalea Trail
o Camp Claiborne OHV Trails (may close due to excessive rainfall – check hotline for status updates)

Calcasieu Ranger District / Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Enduro OHV Trail and Campground (closed for several more months due to tornado damage)
• Fullerton Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail
o Fullerton Campground
o Little Cypress day-use area
o Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
o Blue Hole and Hogback Ridge Trail
o Government Pond Camping
o Government Pond fishing and day-use horse riding
o Wolf Rock Cave
o Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
o Wild Turkey Trail
o Hunter Camp

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground) – to open soon
• Caney Lakes Day-Use Area and Group Pavilion – no date yet on reopening
• Corney Lake Day-Use and Group-Use Areas – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Caney Lakes and Corney Lake boat launches
o Corney Bayou Boat Ramp
o Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail
o Corney Lake Hunter Camp
o Sugar Creek Hunter Camp
o Bucktail Hunter Camp
o Turkey Trot Hunter Camp

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground – to open soon
• Glen Emery Trailhead located at Stuart Lake – to open soon
• Stuart Lake Group-Use Area – no date yet on reopening
• Livingston OHV Trails: Hickman Trail and Little Creek (temporarily closed due to excessive rainfall)

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Glen Emery Hiking Trail (except the trailhead near Stuart Lake)
o Iatt Lake
o Bankston Hunter Camp
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp
o Pearson Hunter Camp
o Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground – no date yet on reopening
• Kisatchie Bayou access (the gate is shut and visitors may not walk behind the gate EXCEPT to access the Caroline Dormon Trail ONLY – may be fined if found in the Bayou day-use area)
• Dogwood Campground – no date yet on reopening
• Cane Camp – no date yet on reopening
• Lotus Camp – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, Picnic Area – restroom remains shut down as it is out of order
o Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area
o Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail
o Sandstone Trail (check OHV hotline for updates on trail conditions for mechanized use)
o Anderson Pond
o Corral Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
o Coyote Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for OHVs
o Custis Camp
o Oak Camp – Camping, Sandstone Trail Access for Horses
o Red Bluff Camp – Camping
o 395 Parking Lot - Sandstone Trail Access for Horses and/or OHVs

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Gum Springs Campground – to open soon
• Gum Springs Horse Campground – to open soon
• Cloud Crossing Campground – no date yet on reopening

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Saline Bayou
 Cloud Crossing Launch Area
 Pearfield Launch Area
 Goldonna Launch Area
 Sand Point Launch Area
o Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
o Gum Springs Horse Trail
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp

05/21/2020

If you lost an iPhone on the Sandstone Trail, please call the Kisatchie Ranger District at 318-472-1840 to claim it.

Due to the recent excessive rainfall, the motorized trails in Grant Parish (Livingston Trail Complex: Hickman and Little...
05/21/2020

Due to the recent excessive rainfall, the motorized trails in Grant Parish (Livingston Trail Complex: Hickman and Little Creek Trails) will be temporarily closed. Please check our page, website (www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie) or OHV Hotline, 866-830-6467 for updates on reopening. We apologize for this inconvenience, particularly on Memorial Day weekend; however, we have no control over the weather. To protect our natural resources, we will open the trails as soon as the ground is sufficiently dry. The motorized trails in Rapides Parish, Claiborne Trail Complex, remain open as they have not received a lot of rainfall at this time.

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05/15/2020

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Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Sites (as of May 15, 2020):• Some restroom facilities throughout the For...
05/15/2020

Updates on Kisatchie National Forest Recreation Sites
(as of May 15, 2020):

• Some restroom facilities throughout the Forest are shut down.
• The Old LSU Walking Trail at the Supervisor’s Office is open.
• Fees associated with open recreation sites apply.

Calcasieu Ranger District:
Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area
• Kincaid Lake Recreation Area, Campgrounds A & B, and the primitive camp
• Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground (Valentine Lake and the trail are OPEN)
• Loran Campground
• Boy Scout Camp

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o All Kincaid Boat Launches – Restrooms are now available – $5 Fee Required at Boat Launches
o Kincaid Lake Trail: people may park at the gate, go behind the gate, walk the trails around Kincaid Lake (Trail has been rerouted due to tornado damage)
o Valentine Lake and Trail
o Wild Azalea Trail
o Evangeline Camp – tent camping only
o Ahtus Melder Camp
o Camp Claiborne OHV Trails (may close due to excessive rainfall – check hotline for status updates)

Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Fullerton Group-Use Area
• Fullerton Campground
• Little Cypress day and group-use area
• Government Pond Camping
• Enduro OHV Trail and Campground (closed due to tornado damage)

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Fullerton Lake and the Interpretive Trail
o Little Cypress Pond and Ol’ Sarge Interpretive Trail
o Blue Hole and Hogback Ridge Trail
o Government Pond fishing and day-use horse riding
o Wolf Rock Cave
o Big Branch Trail and Longleaf Area
o Wild Turkey Trail
o Hunter Camp

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Caney Lakes Group-Use Area
• Caney Lakes Campground (Beaver Dam Campground)

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Caney Lakes and Corney Lake boat launches
o Corney Bayou Boat Ramp
o Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail
o Corney Lake Hunter Camp
o Sugar Creek Hunter Camp
o Bucktail Hunter Camp
o Turkey Trot Hunter Camp

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Stuart Lake Group-Use Area
• Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground
• Stuart Lake and part of the Glen Emery Trail near the Lake

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Glen Emery Hiking Trail (except the portion of the trail near Stuart Lake)
o Iatt Lake
o Bankston Hunter Camp
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp
o Pearson Hunter Camp
o Saddle Bayou Hunter Camp
o Livingston OHV Trails: Hickman Trail and Little Creek Trail (check hotline status for updates)

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground
• Kisatchie Bayou access (the gate is shut and visitors may not walk behind the gate)
• Dogwood Campground
• Cane Camp
• Lotus Camp

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Longleaf Vista Trail, Pavilion, Picnic Area – restroom remains shut down as it is out of order
o Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area
o Caroline Dormon Recreation Trail - Restroom is now available
o Sandstone Trail (check OHV hotline for updates on trail conditions for mechanized use)
o Anderson Pond
o Corral Camp – Camping, Restroom, Sandstone Trail Access
o Coyote Camp – Camping, Restroom
o Custis Camp
o Oak Camp – Camping, Restroom, Sandstone Trail Access
o Red Bluff Camp – Camping, Restroom
o 395 Day Use Area - Restroom, Sandstone Trail Access

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish:

• SHUT DOWN:
• Cloud Crossing Campground
• Gum Springs Campground
• Gum Springs Horse Campground

o WHAT IS OPEN:
o Saline Bayou
 Cloud Crossing Launch Area
 Pearfield Launch Area
 Goldonna Launch Area
 Sand Point Launch Area
o Saline Bayou Recreation Trail
o Gum Springs Horse Trail
o Highway 472 Hunter Camp

Motorized trail status changes with weather conditions. Please call the OHV Trail Status Hotline for updates: 866-830-6467.
You may also find this list in document form on the home page of our website at www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie.

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2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA
71360

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Opening Hours

Monday 12:30 - 16:30
Monday 08:00 - 11:30
Tuesday 12:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 11:30
Wednesday 12:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 11:30
Thursday 12:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 11:30
Friday 12:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 11:30

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What is a good spot that isn’t closed to go out in a kayak? We are planning to go this weekend and want to avoid closed down areas. It will be my first time at Kisatchie. Thanks in advance!
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When was the south side of Valentine closed? It would be helpful if this was posted online, on fb, or somewhere, seeing as we made the trip from Texas for this 😉
Anybody have any info on Bankston Camp and what it's like there? Is it a good place for adults to go camping?
Are these areas still closed?
Cleaning rec-sites has taught me some things. 1) Bathroom garbage cans don't want to be pee'd in. 2) Watermelon Rinds, dirty diapers, beer/soda cans and bottles do not belong in fire rings and will not burn.
Is the lower portion of Sandstone open for motorized use?
After a short hiatus, I revisited MIDDLE BRANCH BOG just north of Kisatchie Bayou Campground. I was surprised at the changes I saw. Whereas before the hillside bog was covered in sheets of yellow pitcher plants, they were now much reduced and appeared stressed. I noticed that the "springs" had been much "improved" with fresh pipes and much more vigorous drainage apparently pirating water from the hillside. My impression was that this was not a Forest Service project and that it was detrimental to the bog.
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Wondering if day use areas mean “day use” or is it “night use” also? Was camping at Valentine Lake Friday night and kids were drinking and partying until at least 2am. So much for peace and quiet. 😞
What is the fee to enter the forest for one day to go sight seeing or walk a trail?