• Sportsman’s Paradise Index • Shreveport-Bossier

Louisiana is home to 6.5 million acres of wetlands that hold the honor of being the greatest wetland in America.

Ark-La-Tex Landing
7574 S. Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport, La. 318-631-3783
Arthur Ray Teague Parkway
Boat launch that runs alongside the Red River in Bossier City, La. 318-221-5233
Barron’s Landing
7024 S. Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport, La. 318-635-8628
Black Bayou
Facilities include a mile long raised asphalt/boardwalk nature trail with 400-foot wildlife pier, boat launch and observation deck with spotting scope. Black Bayou Lake NWR is located just north of Monroe, Louisiana off U.S. Hwy 165. Approximately 1.3 miles north of the CenturyTel corporate headquarters turn east on Richland Drive. Cross Bayou DeSiard and the railroad tracks. The visitor center is on the right side of the road. Follow refuge signs to other facilities. Brochure maps, available at the visitor center, will show other access points.
Caddo Lake Boat Launch
From Shreveport, take I-20 east to Spring Street exit. Continue onto North Market. Slight left at LA 1 North; turn left at Old Mooringsport Rd./State Route 538. Continue for 5.1 miles. Turn right at Latimer St./State Route 538. Take the 1st right onto Lake Street. End at Mooringsport Boat Launch.
Camp Joy – Lake Bistineau
Boat launch open 7 days per week. 4920 Camp Joy Rd., Haughton, La. 318-987-3100
Clark’s Red River Marina
3 boat launches, 13 RV sites, guide service and store. 500 J.T. White Rd., Elm Grove, La. 318-747-2002
Corney Lake-Kisatchie National Forest
A beautiful 2300-acre lake offering scenery from bald cypress and tupelo gum bottomlands to breezy pine hills. Three available boat launch areas. From Shreveport, take I-20 east for 27.3 miles. Take exit 45 toward Minden. Turn left at State Route 531. Turn right at Homer Rd./US-79 N. Continue for 17.1 miles. Turn right at LA-9 N/N. Main. Continue for 19.1 miles. Turn right at Corney Lake-Weldon Rd./Par Rd. 237. Slight left at Forestry Rd. Turn right at Forest Rd. 902. Lake on the left.
Cross Lake Boat Launch
2900 Municipal Pier Rd., Shreveport, La.
Cross Lake – Richard Fleming Park
2 boat ramps, a 60-foot dock and handicapped-accessible fishing pier. 7919 W. Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport, La. 318-929-2806
Cypress Black Bayou Recreation Center
Boat launch and three piers. Exit I-20 on Airline Dr., Bossier City, La. Continue north on Airline for 7.9 miles and turn right on Linton Rd. Head east 4.3 miles to Cypress Black Bayou gate on right. 318-965-0007
Drift-In Landing
10166 Highway 1, Mooringsport, La.
Ellerbe Bay Marina
14007 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, La.
Ivan Lake
Boat launch, camping and grills. Hwy. From Shreveport, take I-20 east and take exit 33 for LA-157 towards Fillmore. Turn left at LA-157 N. Travel for 14.1 miles. Turn right to stay on LA-157 N. Turn right at LA-164/Young Rd. Turn left at LA-164 E. Turn right to stay on LA-164 E. Turn left at Ivan Lake Rd.
Red River – Teague Pkwy. Boat Ramp
Concrete boat ramps. Teague Parkway, Bossier City, La. 318-741-8450
Red River South Marina
RV Space, boat ramps, live bait, tackle and convenience store. 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Bossier City, La. 318-747-9545
Stoner Avenue Boat Launch
City operated boat launch. Stoner Ave. at Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport, La.

Fishing Guides

Bruce Brown
Guide and B.A.S.S. touring professional fisherman. 190 ½ West McKinley, Haughton, La. 318-218-7870
Caddo Lake Guide Service
Year-round bass fishing trips on Caddo Lake. 6774 Spring Valley Dr., Shreveport, La. 318-455-3437
Crappie Buster Guide Service
Quality guide for quality fish. 318-294-4168
Homer Humphreys
Winner of the Louisiana 2002 Bassmaster Open on the Red River. 122 Monarch Ln., Minden, La.
Mike Echols
Fishing, hunting and river cruises. 9735 Jade Circle, Shreveport, La. 318-687-9037
Papermouth Guide Service
1944 Rossie Lee, Bossier City, La. 318-746-0907
Red River/Caddo Lake Fishing Guide
Strangers in the morning, friends by afternoon. Mooringsport, La. 318-455-8210
Russ McVey
Holder of the largest large-mouth bass caught at 13.63 pounds on the Red River. 298 Harvell Day Rd., Doyline, La. 318-464-2277
Steve McKinzie
9513 Olenader Dr., Shreveport, La. 318-687-0195
Slim’s Guide Service
Professional guide for bass, crappie, catfish and bream. Blanchard, La. 318-402-9493

Get a fishing license!
Recreational fishing licenses may be purchased by phone toll-free at 1-888-765-2602 or online at www.wildlifelicense.com/la
Methods of payment are Visa or MasterCard. An immediate authorization number will be provided.

Hunting Guides

Wild Hog Ridge Hunting Club
Specializing in custom boar hunting. 3918 Hwy. 846 N, Columbia, La. 318-649-6252
Slackwater Farms
Hog, duck, geese and deer hunts. 318-381-1908

When you purchase a fishing license, you’re helping to protect, preserve and enhance the sport of fishing for today and for generations to come. License fees help pay for fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species programs, fishing and conservation education, lake maps and other publications, and many other valuable programs.

River Tours

Houseboat Adventures
Guided tours and overnight cruises on the Red River. 318-458-4680
Caddo Lake Adventures
Discover the beauty of Caddo Lake aboard a 35-foot houseboat. 7810 Sundown Dr., Mooringsport, La. 318-996-5260
Caddo Lake Paddlewheel Boat Tour
Tour Caddo Lake on the ‘Swamp Thing’, a custom designed electric paddle wheel tour boat. 888-325-5459

Caddo Outback Tours
Tour the largest natural lake in Texas. Scenic, nature, photography, gators, birding and night tours. 903-789-3384
Dorcheat Bayou Canoe Trip
Norris Canoe Outfitters has a 37-foot reproduction of a huge canoe used by the 18th century French voyagers. 318-588-0116
Eagle Walk Tour-S. Toledo Bend State Park
Tree identification, viewing of the Bald Eagle’s nest and the beauty and sounds of nature. 337-286-9078

Historic District Tours
Serving Natchitoches since the turn of the century”, this company offers 45-minute daily guided tours of the beautiful, original French Colony in Louisiana where you will learn the history and folklore of nearly 300 years. 100 Rue Beauport, Natchitoches, La. 318-356-8687
Steamboat Tour of Caddo Lake-Uncertain, Tx.
Guided boat trip. Bring your camera. Train ride through wilderness. 903-789-3443

Hunting Lodges

Greenhead Gun Club
Hunting lodge, equipment service and guide service. 8389 Wossan Rd., Shreveport, La. 318-834-3361

RV Sites/Camping

C & J RV Park
16 RV sites, restrooms and showers. 6941 Hwy. 1, Shreveport, La. 318-929-3193
Camper’s RV Center Campground-Shreveport
58 hookups with laundry, phone or modem hookups and pool. 7700 West 70th St., Shreveport, La. 318-938-5441
Cash Point Landing-Bossier City
Bathhouse, laundry and boat launch. 190 Cash Point Rd., Bossier City, La. 318-742-4999
Clark’s Red River Marina-Elm Grove
13 RV sites and store. 500 J.T. White Rd., Elm Grove, La. 318-747-2002
Cypress-Black Bayou Recreation-Benton
73 RV sites. 135 Cypress Park Dr, Benton, La. 318-965-0007
Grand Bayou Resort-Coushatta
Upscale RV Resort. Concrete pads, barbeque grills, walking trails, laundry and fire rings. 5286 Hwy. 784, Coushatta, La. 318-932-0066
Hilltop Campgrounds
106 RV sites, game room and lake. 200 Hilltop Rd., Princeton, La. 318-949-8486
Kelly’s Campground
45 RV sites, cable TV, bath house and nearby store. 8590 Greenwood Rd., Greenwood, La. 318-938-6360
Lakewood Village RV Park
Trailer lots-monthly rental. 9110 Linwood Ave., Shreveport, La. 318-686-7237
Maplewood RV Park
35 RV sites, propane, restrooms, showers and laundry. 4739 Benton Rd., Bossier City, La. 318-742-5497
Pine Hill RV Park
42 RV sites, restrooms and showers. 2 Pinehill Cr., Louisiana Downs, Haughton, La. 318-949-3916
Red River South Marina-Bossier City
RV Space, convenience store. 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Bossier City, La. 318-747-9545
Tall Pines RV Park-Shreveport
Recently voted one of the top 100 Good Sam Parks. Free Wi-Fi and cable, laundry, pool and bathhouse. 6510 W. 70th St., Shreveport, La. 318-687-1010


Bass Pro Shops
Outdoor gear, camping, hunting, fishing and clothing. 100 Bass Pro Dr., Louisiana Boardwalk, Bossier City, La. 318-549-8800

Shooting Ranges

Bodcau Shooting Range
Rifle and handgun range, shotgun range and archery range. 168 Ben Durden Rd., Haughton, La. 318-326-3225
Natchitoches Shooting Range
Rifle range, handgun range, sporting clay range skeet and trap, pro shop and gunsmith on duty. 635 Tauzin Rd., Natchitoches, La. 318-356-9457

Largemouth Bass
They are the most popular freshwater game fish. Much of its popularity is due to its pugnacious attitude and willingness to strike a lure or bait with explosive force. Research indicates that the largemouth bass is also the most intelligent freshwater fish, able to distinguish and avoid a particular type of lure after only one encounter with it. In fact, some bass lakes believed to be fished out contain plenty of bass but the fish have learned to recognize virtually all the lures in common use on the lake. In such cases, a lure that is new to them will often work where others have failed. By comparison the brook trout will strike a particular lure two, three or four times before it learns; sunfish and crappies will take the same lure repeatedly.


Wildlife Refuges

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
2,000-acre scenic lake. Studded with cypress and tupelo trees and surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods. Visitors center, restored planters house, over 100 native woody plants and prairie demonstration area with native grasses and wildflowers. Black Bayou Refuge is located just north of Monroe off U.S. Hwy. 165. Approximately 1.3 miles north of the Century Tel headquarters turn east on Richland Drive. Cross Bayou DeSiard and the railroad tracks. Visitor center on right. 318-726-4400
D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge provides habitat for alligators, bald eagles, the little known Rafinesque’s big-eared bat and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. To get there: take White’s Ferry Road (Hwy. 143) north out of West Monroe. The refuge complex headquarters is located approximately 7 miles north of West Monroe at the intersection of Hwy. 143 and Holland’s Bluff Road. 318-726-4222
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Upper Ouachita NWR provides excellent wintering habitat for tens of thousands of ducks and geese. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the Louisiana Black Bear are found here. Other wildlife species found here are: alligators, deer, turkey, squirrels, bald eagles and beavers. Visitors can access the east side of the refuge in Morehouse Parish by way of Bastrop, La. From Hwy. 425, turn onto Bonner Ferry Rd. (Hwy. 593). Turn left onto Cave Off Road and then right onto Prairie DeButte Road. At the end of the road, turn left onto Stevenson Road and drive straight through into the refuge. 318-726-4400
Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge
An observation platform overlooks a permanent wetland, which is excellent habitat for wintering waterfowl, wading birds and many other wetland dependent species. To reach Handy Brake NWR, take U.S. Hwy. 165 into Bastrop. East of the courthouse square and after the divided lands have merged; turn north onto Cooper Lake Road. Travel approximately 6 miles and look for refuge sign on east side of road.

To attract fish or get them biting again, you can throw “chum” into the water where you’re fishing. You can use ground-up bait fish, canned sweet corn, dead minnows in a coffee can (for ice fishing), pet food, even breakfast cereal. Or stir up some natural chum by scraping the bottom with a boat oar. Be sure not to over-chum. You want to get them interested in feeding; you do not want to stuff them before they get a chance to go after your hook.


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