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    Cane River

    National Heritage Area Louisiana


Oakland landscape and fog
Natchitoches is located between the cities of Shreveport, LA to the northwest and Alexandria, LA to the south, and six miles off of Interstate 49. Airports and flight connections are available in both Shreveport and Alexandria.
Cane River Lake NPS Photo
carriage entry

Carriage House Entry in Historic District

Photo by CRNHA

Cane River National Heritage Area conveniently begins in historic Natchitoches, LA the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Traveling from Dallas, TX to Natchitoches, LA take I-20 to Shreveport and exit on I-49 traveling south. Traveling from south LA take I-49 north. Travel on Hwy 6 from points in central TX and MS.

For more information contact:

Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1.800.259.1714 or


Did You Know?

American flag reflected in Cane River Lake as ducks swim by, Photo by Sonny Carter

Cane River National Heritage Area includes Cane River Lake, an oxbow lake that once was the primary channel of the mighty Red River and defines the region today, just as it has for centuries.