• Image of Cane River Banner

    Cane River

    National Heritage Area Louisiana

Frequently Asked Questions

Ironwork and hanging baskets along historic front street, Photo by John Lees
Photo by John Lees
Which route do I take to visit the Cane River National Heritage Area?

I-49, direct route to take if traveling from the north or south & Hwy 6 is the route if traveling from points east and west to the approximely 35 mile long region.
 
Preservation and restoration at Cane River Creole National Historical Park - Oakland Site, Photo by NPS
1. PARK CANCELLATION STAMPS:

As a means of documenting their National Park travels, visitors can collect park cancellation stamps from each site to put in their “Passport to Your National Parks” book.  The stamp usually includes the date of the visit and the site name.
Each booklet also contains space for the annual commemorative stamp series. The series, starting with 1986, includes nine regional stamps and one national stamp on one sheet. Simply detach the stamps and place them in the designated areas in your booklet. Cane River Creole National Historical Park was featured on the 2008 commemorative series.
(Both the passport booklet and sheet of sticker stamps are available at Cane River Creole National Historical Park’s Bookstore and Gift Shop located at Oakland Plantation’s store.)
Where do I find the stamps?
The Cane River National Heritage Area stamp and the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail stamp are available at the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission Office located at:
452 Jefferson Street, Natchitoches, LA. 
The Cane River Creole National Historical Park Cancellation Stamp is only available by visiting the park at these two locations:
Oakland Plantation                                    Magnolia Plantation Complex
4386 Hwy 494                                              5549 Hwy 119
Bermuda, Louisiana 71456                        Derry, LA 71416
The Cane River National Heritage stamp and the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic trail stamps are also available at these two locations.

2. What is the difference between Cane River National Heritage Area and Cane River Creole National Historical Park?

The National Park Service and Cane River National Heritage Area are closely linked. The National Park Service provides the heritage area with funding, legal guidance, technical assistance, and some administrative services. Most importantly, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, a unit of the national park system, and the heritage area are bound together by their overlapping enabling legislation (Public Law 103-499) to assist one another in the preservation and interpretation of the Cane River region.

3. What is an America The Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass and the different types available?
The America the Beautiful Pass Program includes three types of passes: the Interagency Annual Pass, the Senior Pass, and the Access Pass.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION:

America the Beautiful Passes Available at Cane River Creole National Historical Park ONLY Until October 1st, 2007

These passes will be available at Cane River Creole National Historical Park ONLY UNTIL October 1, 2007.
The Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Annual Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees are charged. The facilities of Cane River Creole, which include Oakland Plantation and the outbuildings of Magnolia Plantation, are free of charge to visitors and so no passes are required at this National Park site.
Cane River Creole National Historical Park - Oakland Plantation Unit and Magnolia Outbuildings Unit

PRESS RELEASE FOR October 1, 2007:

Annual passes can be purchased through USGS at 888 275-8747 or at http://store.usgs.gov/pass. Senior and Access Passes must be acquired in person at sites which participate in the Pass Program.
For information on BLM sites visit http://www.blm.gov
For information on Reclamation sites visit http://www.usbr.gov
For information on FWS sites visit http://www.fws.gov
For information on USDA FS sites visit http://www.fs.fed.us
For information on NPS sites visit http://www.nps.gov
For information on Federal Recreation lands visit http://www.recreation.gov


In the heart of the enchanting landscape of the Cane River region, the 63 historic structures of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are saturated with the textures, craftsmanship, resourcefulness, and remembrance of the rich Creole culture of this area. Cane River Creole National Historical Park is a unit of the National Park System, which strives to preserve our country’s greatest sites and to provide opportunities for all to “Experience Your America”.



AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS PASS

The National Park Service is an important participant in the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation. The pass series, collectively know as the AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS PASS, is shown below with a brief explanation of each. The new passes are scheduled to go on sale January 1, 2007.
Photo and Information from National Park Service
 
NPS Annual Pass- American the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass -  Cost $80
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS PASS - ANNUAL PASS - COST $80

This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. This pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas.(children under 16 are admitted free) This pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Recreation Lands Pass - Annual Pass by National Parks Service
 
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass - Cost $10
AMERICAN THE BEAUTIFUL - NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS PASS - SENIOR PASS

This is a lifetime pass for U. S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance of Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally doe NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass - Cost $10
 
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass -  Free
American The Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass - Free

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes:  statement by licensed physician, document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income: or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

This pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreational sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping,swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretative services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass - Free
American the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass - Free
This pass is for volunteers acquiring 500 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

For the former pass program passes:
1. Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass, and Golden Eagle Hologram passes have been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful -National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass
2. Golden Age Passport has been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass
3. Golden Access Passport has been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass

ALL NATIONAL PARKS PASSES - GOLDEN EAGLE, GOLDEN EAGLE HOLOGRAM, GOLDEN ACCESS, AND GOLDEN AGE PASSPORTS - WILL CONTINUE TO BE HONORED ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE PASS. ONLY PAPER GOLDEN AGE PASSPORTS MAY BE EXCHANGED FREE OF CHARGE FOR NEW PLASTIC PASSES.
American the Beautiful - National Parks and Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass - Free

Did You Know?

Magnolia Plantation Home, Photo by John Lees

Magnolia Plantation Home, a National Historic Landmark, is the area's largest. The original house was constructed in the 1830's, burned by the Union Army and rebuilt in the 1890's.