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Louisiana's Lakes, Locks and Reservoirs



Bayou Bodcau Reservoir- There is no permanent pool at this flood control dam. However, Bossier Parish maintains Ivan Lake on 520 acres of reservoir lands. A major waterfowl and upland game management and hunting area is open to the public. From Shreveport, 20 mi E on I-20, then N on LA 157 to Bellevue, 2 mi N on county road.
Caddo Lake- Caddo Lake, LA has facilities for bank fishing at the dam, which is operated by the Corps.
Ouachita-Black Rivers (4 L&D, Calion Pool)- Ouachita-Black Rivers System in AR and LA has four locks and dams. There are boat ramps and picnicking facilities on the river. The Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is located along the river near the AR and LA border.
Ouachita-Black Rivers (4 L&D, Columbia Pool)- Ouachita-Black Rivers System in AR and LA has four locks and dams. There are boat ramps and picnicking facilities on the river.
Ouachita-Black Rivers (4 L&D, Felsenthal Pool- Project has 3 public access points to Ouachita River and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge with boating, fishing, camping, and day use. Pool extends from H.K. Thatcher Lock & Dam south to the Felsenthal Lock & Dam located 5 mi NE of Huttig, AR on county road.
Ouachita-Black Rivers (4 L&D, Jonesville Pool- Project has 9 public access points to Ouachita-Black Rivers with picnicking, fishing and boating. Pool extends from Riverton, LA south to Jonesville Lock & Dam located on LA 124 12 mi S of Jonesville, LA.
Pearl River (3 Locks And Dams)- Pearl River, LA is a series of three locks and dams. The area is primarily for day use with boating, hunting and fishing being popular.
Red River Waterway (5 Locks & Dams)- Thirty one recreational sites are planned from Shreveport to the Mississippi, offering areas for camping, nature and hiking trails, biking, picnicking, boating, and fishing.
Wallace Lake- Wallace Lake, LA, which is operated by the Corps, has facilities at the dam for bank fishing.

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Description - The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a number of facilities in Louisiana, particularly along the Misssissippi River and it's tributaries. There area also a wide variety of other water in Louisiana including streams, rivers, canals, bayous, swamps, and Marshes.

Attractions - Although Louisiana is often thought of as coastal marshes and bayous, more than half the state is typical southern woodlands. So vacationers or locals seeking fishing or other water adventures have the full spectrum of lakes, rivers and coastal bayous to choose from.

Recreation - Louisiana's waters offer excellent fishing and water sports. There is no opportunity for white water types of sports, but hunting and camping are available at some of the developed lakes.

Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September. Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.

Location - Maps and directions to each lake or reservoir are available on the individual wildernet.com pages linked to this page.


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Louisiana - Louisiana contains the largest population of french speaking Americans. The unique Cajun folkways and southern swamps and bayous define the character of this state.

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