Kisatchie Bayou Campground

Northern Red River Valley, Louisiana

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Kisatchie Bayou Campground


  • Stairway leading to one of the more private campsites. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • This campground is one of the more remote and peaceful campgrounds in Louisiana. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Pathway leading to the bathroom. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • One of the campsites that directly overlooks the bayou. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Pathway that follows the edge of the campground, giving visitors a nice view of the bayou. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Kisatchie Bayou. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • A small body of water on the edge of the campground. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Sandy beach near campsite 1 offers a nice area to sit and enjoy the bayou. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Kisatchie Bayou Campground. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • There are adequate trash receptacles on site. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • The nearby Caroline Dormon Trail. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
  • Fungus growing on the side of a longleaf pine. - Kisatchie Bayou Campground
Overview + Weather
Great night skies. Remote. Rushing water.
Muddy roads coming in. Four-wheel drive is suggested.
Northern Red River Valley, LA
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Price per night (basic site): 
5.00 $ (4.20 €)
Occasionally full
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter
Reservations possible: 
Total number of sites: 
Current Local Weather:
Campground Description

Campground Description


Found in the heart of Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area, Kisatchie Bayou Campground overlooks the Kisatchie Bayou. The campground has 18 sites available, 17 of which are walk-in and one site that you can pull your vehicle right up to. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, fire ring, and trash receptacle. There’s an outhouse, but there is no running or potable water. This campground is one of the best no-frills options in the Louisiana park system. The sound of rushing water created by Kisatchie Bayou is a real treat, and it will help you fall asleep at night. If you camp here on a clear night near a new moon, the stars will twinkle extra bright since the campground is so far away from light pollution. This is truly a beautiful place to camp. Campsite 1 at the far edge of the campground sits right next to a sandy beach, making for a comfy area to enjoy the sights of the bayou. However, if you plan to camp at campsite 1 or campsite 2, you may want to pack lightly since you’ll end up carrying your gear about 100 yards from the parking lot. Some of these sites do require a small trek through the campground. 

The Kisatchie Bayou Campground is conveniently located close to one of the trailheads for the Caroline Dormon Trail which stretches 10.5 miles through Kisatchie National Forest. The trailhead is found right near the campground entrance and follows the bayou for the first mile and a half or so, occasionally offering views of the water from the trial. You could day hike part of the Caroline Dormon Trail or connect it with the nearby Backbone Trail to make for a good backpacking experience in the longleaf pine forest. 

Another attraction in the immediate area is the Longleaf Scenic Byway, which takes visitors on a 17-mile journey through Kisatchie National Forest, offering scenic views and other points of interest. 

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