Gifts of River Living...
Louisiana is known as the Sportsman's Paradise.
Nowhere else does that hold more true than along the Red
River. Thirty-one recreational sites are planned
from Shreveport to the Mississippi, offering areas for
camping, nature and hiking trails, biking, picnicking,
boating and fishing.
Hundreds of pleasure boaters enjoy the waters of the Red
River made accessible by the navigation project.
Pleasure craft can be "locked through" to the different
pools, free of charge.
At every state of the construction of the J. Bennett
Johnston Waterway project, water quality, erosion
prevention and wildlife were of foremost concern.
The result is truly a paradise for sportsmen of all
Rules and Regulations for
Public Facilities on the Red River Waterway
These Rules and Regulations are
established by the Red River Waterway Commission to
govern all recreational facilities completed or
under construction. All other federal, state and
local laws and regulations remain in full force and
effect where applicable.
Park rules and regulations are designed to ensure
the proper atmosphere for the enjoyment and safety
of all visitors and protection of all facilities.
Visitors shall be responsible for their own actions
and are expected to familiarize themselves with
these rules and regulations.
All recreational facilities open for public use
shall be available to the public without regard to
sex, race, color, disability, creed, age, national
origin, political beliefs and marital or familial
Unless otherwise indicated herein, the term
Commission shall mean and include the Red River
Waterway Commission and any authorized
representative of the Red River Waterway Commission.
Boat ramps are open during daylight hours.
Persons violating these Rules and Regulations are
subject to eviction by the Commissions Park Rangers.
Park Rangers may forbid individuals from coming into
or upon or remaining in or upon the Commissions
property if the individual is violating or has
violated any provision of these Rules and
Regulations or any law of the United States, State
of Louisiana or parish and/or municipality where the
property is located.
A Park Ranger has the authority to evict an
individual for twenty-four (24) hours, seven (7)
days or thirty (30) days. A complete statement of
the Commissions eviction policy, including an
evicted persons right to appeal an eviction, can be
obtained on request at the Headquarters of the Red
River Waterway District 5941 Highway 1 Bypass,
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457.
Do's and Don't's
It is strictly prohibited to destroy, deface,
remove, alter or disturb any developed facility,
natural formation, mineral deposit, historical or
archeological feature, and vegetative growth. Help
preserve all facilities and vegetation. Protect
recreation areas for other visitors and future
generations. Cutting or gathering of trees or parts
of trees and/or the removal of wood from a facility
is prohibited without written permission of the
Advertisements, signs, etc.
Advertisement by company signs, billboards, markers,
audio devices, handbills, circulars, posters or any
other means whatsoever is prohibited without prior
written permission of the Commission. Solicitation
of any nature shall be prohibited within the
facility boundaries without prior written permission
of the Commission. Additional features constructed
or plant material introduced are prohibited without
prior written permission of the Commission.
All traffic, parking and other directional signs
shall be obeyed. Observe posted speed limits. Drive
carefully. Discharge and/or possession of firearms
or fireworks on facility property shall be
forbidden. Firearms may be transported through
facility property when the visitor is launching a
boat into the Red River. Refrain from making noises
that might disturb other visitors. Boisterousness is
prohibited at all times; this includes loud playing
of radios, TVs, amplifiers, musical instruments and
unnecessary noise of any kind. Observe facility
The term "vehicle" shall include but not be limited
to automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, mini-bikes,
dune buggies, all terrain vehicles, trailers,
campers, bicycles and any other wheeled
vehicle. Vehicles must be operated only on those
roads or lanes designated for vehicular
traffic. Vehicles shall be parked only in designated
parking areas. Vehicles shall be operated in
accordance with posted facility regulations and
applicable federal, state and local laws.
The operation of any vehicle must meet all licensing
requirements as specified by the Louisiana
Department of Public Safety or other regulatory
agencies. Noisy vehicles shall be prohibited. The
cleaning, servicing and/or repair of any vehicle is
prohibited except in emergency situations. The
Commission is not responsible for theft of or damage
to any vehicle or articles contained in any
vehicle. Vehicles will be considered abandoned when
left unattended for more than three (3) consecutive
days at which time the vehicle may be towed away and
impounded at the expense of the owner of the
The operation of all watercraft on the Red River and
its tributaries are subject to the rules of safety
and regulations imposed by the Louisiana Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries and by the United States
Coast Guard. Watercraft may not be operated in
prohibited or restricted areas designated by signs
or buoys. Boats shall be launched only from
designated boat ramps. The operation of watercraft
near boat ramps and docks in a careless, negligent
or reckless manner so as to endanger any property or
person is prohibited. The Commission shall not be
responsible for theft of or damage to any boat,
equipment or supplies. Boats, equipment and supplies
will be considered abandoned when left unattended
for more than three (3) consecutive days at which
time the boat, equipment and supplies may be
impounded at the expense of the owner of the boat,
equipment and supplies. The Commission may from time
to time close ramps (for safety purposes) because of
hazardous river conditions.
No person shall bring or allow dogs, cats or other
pets into a facility, unless penned, caged, on a
leash under six (6) feet in length or otherwise
physically restrained, without prior written
permission of the Commission. Animals and pets,
except properly trained animals assisting the
handicapped (such as seeing eye dogs) are prohibited
in sanitary facilities. Persons bringing or allowing
pets in a facility shall be responsible for the
proper removal and disposal of any waste produced by
these animals. Owners of pets causing any injury or
damage will be fully responsible for such injury or
damage. In the event a visitor or employee is
attacked, bitten or scratched by an animal at a
facility, necessary steps will be taken to ensure
that the law enforcement and/or animal control
agents are properly advised of the incident at which
time the animal may be seized or impounded for
observation. All cost associated with the incident
will be the responsibility of the animals owner. No
animal shall be brought or allowed at a facility
unless it bears a current rabies inoculation tag. No
person shall bring or allow horses, cattle or other
livestock to a facility without prior written
permission of the Commission.
Visitors using a facility must dispose of all paper,
garbage, litter and other refuse by placing such
materials in receptacles provided for that purpose.
Cleaning fish or other game at picnic sites,
hydrants or at water faucets located in restrooms is
prohibited. Nothing shall be put in the toilets or
sinks in restrooms that might damage or clog them.
It is a violation to bring any household or
commercial garbage, trash, rubbish, debris, dead
animals or litter of any kind for disposal at a
facility. The spilling, dumping or other discharge of
contaminants, pollutants or other wastes including
but not limited to, human and animal waste,
petroleum, industrial and commercial products and
by-products on a facility or into waters is
prohibited. Burial of garbage, litter or dead animals
on facility property is prohibited.
Reserving picnic shelters, pavillions, etc
Special events or gatherings are prohibited without
prior written permission from the Commission. In the
event a group or individuals would like to reserve a
picnic shelter, the following conditions shall be
met: Reservations are only accepted from persons
twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Adults must
accompany all minors at reserved facilities. Groups
or individuals must fill out a Park Recreational
Reservation Form and submit it to the office of the
Commission for approval. This form can be obtained
from a ranger or by writing to or calling the
Commission office. An advance clean up deposit of
One Hundred and No/100 ($100.00) Dollars is
required. The appropriate form and deposit must be
received by the Commission no later than ten (10)
days before the date of reservation. A change in the
date of a reservation may be made without forfeiting
the deposit if requested at least forty-eight (48)
hours in advance and if facilities are available. In
order to get a refund of the deposit, the group or
individuals are responsible for the disposal of any
waste, garbage or litter produced by the group or
individuals. The next working day a ranger will
patrol the area. If the area is clean, a refund
check will be mailed from the administrative office.
Swimming, snorkeling, scuba
Swimming, diving, snorkeling or scuba diving are
prohibited on or around boat ramps, docks and waters
accessed from the banks of Commission property.
Under no circumstances shall there be overnight
camping within the facility unless designated areas
exist for that purpose. Fires shall be confined to
grills at facilities for that designated purpose.
Burning of materials that produce toxic fumes, such
as, but not limited to, crossties, plastic and
treated wood, is prohibited. Fire shall not be left
unattended and must be completely extinguished prior