CALENDAR OF EVENTS as of April 11, 2017
4/11/2017

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1/9/2017

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRAND ECORE RV PARK OPERATOR
10/19/2016

Bass fingerlings released into Red River
10/13/2016

Alexandria Levee Park boat ramp now open to public
9/1/2016

Temporary ramp closure on Red River in Caddo Parish
9/1/2016

STATUS OF RED RIVER BOAT RAMPS: as of August 19, 2016
8/19/2016

Red River Waterway Commission reopens two boat ramps in Shreveport and Bossier
7/1/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of July 1, 2016
7/1/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of June 28, 2016
6/28/2016

Red River Waterway Commission reopens majority of area boat ramps
6/24/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of June 24, 2016
6/24/2016

High water temporarily closes boat launches on Red River
6/3/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of June 3, 2016
6/3/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of June 1, 2016
6/1/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of May 26, 2016
5/26/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of May 24, 2016
5/24/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of May 5, 2016
5/5/2016

Tug Boats on the Mighty Red River
5/3/2016

High water temporarily closes boat launches on Red River
4/22/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of April 21, 2016
4/21/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of April 15, 2016
4/15/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of April 4, 2016
4/4/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of March 30, 2016
3/30/2016

Could Captain Shreve foresee Red River as economic engine for region?
3/18/2016

RED RIVER: Status of Boat Ramps as of March 11, 2016
3/11/2016

High water temporarily closes boat launches on Red River
3/10/2016

MARKETING DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
2/25/2016

MORE BOAT RAMPS & RECREATION AREA NOW OPEN
2/15/2016

High water temporarily closes boat launches on Red River
12/4/2015

High water temporarily closed some boat launches on Red River
12/1/2015

High water temporarily closes several boat launches in Caddo and Bossier Parish
11/19/2015

Red River Waterway Commission reopens Boyce Recreation Area
11/9/2015

Boyce Recreation Area temporarily closed for maintenance
10/27/2015

Red River Waterway Commission re-opens upstream boat ramp at Stoner Avenue Recreation Area
10/26/2015

Fort Buhlow access road to close temporarily for maintenance
10/11/2015

RED RIVER: STATUS OF BOAT RAMPS - AS OF OCTOBER 5, 2015
10/5/2015

Red River Waterway: Economic Impact Update summary
8/17/2015

RED RIVER: HIGH WATER EVENT 2015
6/5/2015

Red River Waterway Commission closes boat ramps due to high water
5/13/2015

5th Annual Red River Cleanup - Saturday, November 8, 2014
10/8/2014

Port of Alexandria searching for Executive Director
9/8/2014

STAFF ENGINEER APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
8/12/2014

Vegetation Control Booms installed in Saline Bayou
7/8/2014

Shreveport and Bossier City public boat launches re-opened to public
5/27/2014

The Economic Impact of the Red River Waterway: An Update
5/14/2014

Red River Waterway Commission re-opens boat ramps in Caddo and Bossier parishes
1/2/2014

28,000 bass fingerlings released into Red River
11/25/2013

Red River Waterway Commission exploring alternative approach for giant salvinia
9/27/2013

Red River Waterway Commission approves development of additional disc golf course
8/22/2013

FLW Bass Fishing Championship on Red River August 15th - 18th
8/12/2013

House Concurrent Resolution 109
6/13/2013

Boat ramps in Caddo and Bossier reopened again
6/12/2013

Red River Waterway Commission awards Sci-Port $51,225 for Title I 4th graders in seven parishes to visit Center
5/17/2013

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Hearings on Reduced Lock Service
4/2/2013

Benteler Steel/Tube Receives National Recognition
3/15/2013

Texas Kayaker recalls trip down Red River
3/5/2013

First Disc Golf Tournament in Cenla at Lake Buhlow November 10th
10/31/2012

U.S. Rep. Alexander speaks to Rotary Club on value of Red River
8/8/2012

Golf Disc Course opens at Fort Buhlow Recreation Area
6/14/2012

Louisiana ports support more than 396,000 jobs in state, study shows
5/22/2012

Red River makes Bassmaster's top 100
4/25/2012

Red River Waterway Commission re-opens all public boat launches
4/19/2012

Port of Shreveport-Bossier transformer offload
2/27/2012

Louisiana Climbs in Business Climate Ranking
11/4/2011

Northwest LA economy growing: New Jersey - based manufacturer to build facility at Port of Shreveport-Bossier
8/1/2011

Explore the Red River with a free iPhone app.
5/25/2011

Bassmaster Classic 2012
4/27/2011

 

 

 

 

Texas Kayaker recalls trip down Red River

3/5/2013

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Texas Kayaker recalls trip down Red River

Natchitoches, LA … Kayaking is a seasonal activity for many people. Rivers and lakes are usually full of people from early spring through late summer. For kayak enthusiasts like Greg Barrington, it’s become a year round sport.

Barrington, an avid kayaker, had the recent opportunity to kayak through the north and central part of Louisiana via the Red River. “It would be a challenge in the winter, but snakes and alligators would be in a hibernating state decreasing the risk factor,” said Barrington. However, there was still plenty of wildlife to be seen. He described it as being at the zoo, but with no bars. “Beavers would slap their tails on the water and dart out at you if you invaded their space for too long.” One beaver jumped from 15 feet up and nearly landed in his lap. Barrington commented, “With the size of their teeth, it can be most sobering!”

Ground zero, or the starting point, for this trip was at the Highway 2 Bridge on the Red River at Hosston. From there, Barrington paddled 190 miles southeast to Lock and Dam #2 near Marksville. When asked what appealed to him most about the Red River, he mentioned the flat water system. “One thing that stood out was the many sandbars which were a perfect spot to camp.” The cold air was crisp and conifers were the only trees that sported any kind of green foliage.

Along the way he met several fishermen who talked about their catch and others who talked about the history of the Red River. Barrington said it offered a kind of southern comfort feel. “Songs would come to mind as I paddled on like Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou” and old movies like “Red River” starring John Wayne and Montgomery Cliff. Tugs and trains would pass sounding their horns and the bright lights from the Shreveport casinos illuminated the night sky. He learned a lot of interesting facts about the Louisiana Purchase while passing through Natchitoches and found the rail road bridges in Alexandria to be intriguing. Barrington also noted the ease with which he passed through the Locks and Dams on the river.

Kayaking began as a hobby for Barrington. “It’s a very affordable form of recreation that offers much in the way of enjoying nature itself.” He believes it’s a good way to reconnect with the heritage of our forefathers.

This isn’t the first time that he’s paddled the Red River. Barrington has made other treks through the region from Wichita Falls, TX to Lake Texoma and the Denison Dam down to the Beaver Dam at Hwy 259, then to the Highway 2 Bridge at Hosston. He will begin his next Red River trip at Lock and Dam #2 near Marksville, making his way to the Mississippi River. In doing so, Barrington will have traveled some 800 miles on the Red River from Wichita Falls, TX to the Mississippi River. He then plans on paddling south on the Mississippi to New Orleans. “All in all, I found the Red River to be most educational and spiritually uplifting,” said Barrington. “It truly was a great adventure.”