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Lousiana Segments


Jeff Duncan
National Park Service
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance
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River in Louisiana
River
County
Reach
Length (miles)
Year Listed/ Updated
Potential Classification
ORVs
Description
Other States
Bayou D'Arbonne Lincoln, Claiborne From Bayou D'Arbonne Lake upstream to Lake Claiborne Dam
28
1982
  S, R, W Segment form Bayou D'Arbonne Lake upstream to Lake Claiborne Dam is also recognized in the state inventory of sites having commemorative, preservation or recreation significance and is noted as a fine canoeing stream. A state park is proposed on Lake Claiborne. There are valuable bottomland hardwoods in the corridor.  
Bayou D'Arbonne Ouachita, Union From confluence with Ouachita River north of Monroe upstream to Bayou D'Arbonne Lake
25
1982
  S, R, F, W, H The Bayou is within the migration route of the Arctic Peregrine Falcon, and is within the range of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and American Alligator, federally listed endangered species. Segment from confluence with Ouachita River north of Monroe upstream to Bayou D'Arbonne Lake is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers system and is noted for camping, swimming, good fishing and boating, historical significance and high aesthetic value. Free public boat ramps are available and the segment is recognized in the state inventory of sites having commemorative, preservation or recreation significance. The corridor supposedly contains bald eagle nesting grounds.  
Bayou de Loutre (AKA Bayou D'Loutre or L'Outre) Unoin From confluence with the Ouachita River upstream to Louisiana-Arkansas state line
40
1982
  S, R, G, F Within migration route of Arctic Peregrine Falcon, a federally listed endangered species. Also within the range of the American Alligator (endangered). A component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System. Noted for its scenic boating and fishing values. Corridor has well-developed second growth cypress and bottomland swamps. An outstanding canoeing stream of northeast Louisiana, and one of the few areas in the state with exposed rock along the stream. Popular fishing stream. Cougar sightings have been reported by local residents.  
Bogue Chitto River St. Tammany, Washington From confluence with Pearl River upstream to SH 437 bridge (near Enon); from City of Franklinton upstream to Louisiana-Mississippi state line
21
1982
  S, R, F, W Within the range of American Alligator and migration route of Arctic Peregrine Falcon, federally listed endangered species. Is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System. Noted for camping, swimming, fishing, boating and scenic values. Also in the area of the proposed Bogue Chitto State Park. Enon Campground (on the river) is listed in the state inventory of sites having commemorative, preservation or recreation significance. Riverside parks have been developed, and sand and gravel bars provide additional camping opportunities. A hardwood swamp on the lower reaches provides fishing and hunting opportunities.  
Calcasieu River Allen, Rapides, Vernon From confluence with Mill Creek (central Allen Parish) to headwaters near Kurthwood
90
1982
  S, R, F, W, H Three miles are within Kisatchie National Forest. It is within the range of the American Alligator and the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, and within the migration routes of the Eskimo Curlew and Arctic Perigrene Falcon, federally listed endangered species. The segment of the river in Rapids Parish is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System. Noted for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, scenic and historic significance. Forested shorelines with sandy banks provide habitat for a wide diversity of fish and wildlife species and a high quality recreation experience. The Calcasieu Swamp near Hineston is almost a classic example of the edaphic freshwater swamp forest with epiphytic Spanish Moss.  
Corney Bayou (AKA Corney Creek) Union, Claiborne From west end of Bayou D'Arbonne Lake upstream to east end of Corney Lake
20
1982
  S, R, F, W, H The upper reaches are within Kisatchie National Forest. It is within the migration route of the Arctic Peregrine Falcon and within the range of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and the American Alligator, Federally listed endangered species. The Bayou is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System, noted for camping, good fishing, good boating, and high aesthetic value. The upper reaches are within the Caney Wildlife Management Area. Local observers report the presence of cougars in the area of Corney Lake. It is described as the second most popular canoe stream in Louisiana and is the site of an annual festival commemorating the Bayou's significance to that area of the state. The Bayou is historically significant as a transportation corridor for explorers like DeSoto and was navigated by steamboats in the 1890's. Evidence of Indian occupation and use has been found in the corridor.  
Kisatchie Bayou Natchitoches, Sabine From confluence with Old River south of Melrose upstream to headwaters near Eagle Hill
43
1982
  S, R, G, W Kisatchie Bayou is almost entirely within Kisatchie National Forest. It is within the migration route of the Eskimo Curlew and within the range of the American Alligator and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, federally listed endangered species. The Bayou is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System and is noted for its high aesthetic value and for varied recreation opportunities. The bayou features clear, swift water, numerous sand bars/sandy beaches, and occasional bluffs, and is unique to the delta and upper coastal terrain of Louisiana. It is a significant component of the area's unique ecosystem and supports a wide diversity of fish and wildlife habitat and species. The Bayou flows just west of the Red Dirt Wildlife Management Area and the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area. The river environs are used for nature study by a local university, especially where the Bayou forms a cypress-gum swamp, Cunningham Brake. Throughout its length, it is a popular fishery, and the hardwood bottoms receive heavy use from hunters. The middle reaches provide the best canoeing opportunities (identified in a state canoeing guidebook), along with swimming and hiking. Several Forest Service developments provide additional recreation opportunities.  
Pearl River St. Tammany, Washington From confluence with Gulf of Mexico upstream to one mile below city of Columbia
152
1982
  S, R, W Within the habitat of the Bald Eagle, American Alligator, and six coastal species which are federally listed threatened/endangered species. It is also within the migration route of the Arctic Peregrine Falcon (endangered). Honey Island Swamp is a potential National Natural Landmark in St. Tammy Parish. Site of proposed Pearl River Waterway State Park and the existing Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. Has been recognized as a recreational waterway in the state inventory of sites having commemorative, preservation or recreation significance. It is a large Gulf Coastal Plain river with extensive swampland. "Wilderness" type area. Used for canoeing and all types of boating. Noted for vegetative diversity. One of the state's most prolific wildlife systems and a very scenic area. Cypress tupelo ecology gradually gives way to marsh system. American Alligator thrives in the area and Bald Eagles have successfully nested in recent years.
MS
Sabine River Calcasieu, Beauregard, Vernon Parishes From I-10 crossing above Sabine Lake upstream to Toledo Bend Reservoir
110
1982
  S, R, W See Sabine River, TX comments.
TX
Spring Creek Rapides From confluence with Cocodrie Lake upstream to headwaters near Otis
21
1982
  S, R, F, W Spring creek is almost entirely within Kisatchie National Forest. It is within the range of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and the American Alligator, and the migration route of the Arctic Peregrine Falcon, federally listed endangered species. It is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers System, noted for good fishing, camping, canoeing, swimming, and high aesthetic value. It is recognized in the state inventory of sites having commemorative preservation or recreation significance. It is a major tributary to Cocodrie Lake, which is a freshwater swamp of climax cypress and gum. The Lake and its tributaries form an important ecosystem in central Louisiana for a wide diversity of fish and wildlife species and provides associated recreation opportunities. It is one of the few streams in the state where smallmouth bass can be found. Vegetation is diverse and endangered plant species are present in the corridor.  
Whiskey Chitto Creek Allen, Beauregard, Vernon From confluence with Calcasieu River east of Le Blanc upstream to south boundary of Fort Polk Military Reservation (east of Markee)
52
1982
  S, R, F, W The creek is within the migration route of the Arctic Peregrine Falcon, and is within the range of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and American Alligator, federally listed endangered species. Whiskey Chitto Creek is a component of the state Natural and Scenic Rivers system, noted for camping, swimming, good fishing, a variety of floating opportunities, and high aesthetic value. The river corridor provides habitat for a wide diversity of fish and wildlife species and provides related recreation opportunities.