Friday, May 24, 2024

Red River Waterway Commission to Establish New Recreation Area in North Caddo Parish

by BIZ Magazine

The Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) has unveiled plans for a new 547-acre recreation area in North Caddo Parish near Blanchard, Louisiana. This initiative, nearing completion, marks a significant milestone in the region’s efforts to provide enhanced recreational opportunities while fulfilling mitigation requirements stemming from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) J. Bennett Johnston Waterway (Red River) Navigation Project.

In collaboration with the USACE, the RRWC embarked on acquiring 438 acres of forested and rolling hill land along the East side of LA 1, just North of Blanchard. While the USACE will own this portion of the property, the RRWC will oversee its perpetual operation and maintenance. Additionally, the RRWC leased an additional 109 acres of adjoining property from the Caddo Parish Levee District, bringing the total area of the recreation zone to 547 acres.

The proposed recreation area boasts unique geographical features, including over 100 feet of relief and a 36-acre pond situated in its Northern half. Surrounded by natural beauty, the site is in proximity to the State of Louisiana’s Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area, Twelve-Mile Bayou, and the Caddo Levee system.

Colin Brown, Executive Director of RRWC, highlights the significance of this project beyond immediate development. “Our involvement in this project is unique because it extends beyond the immediate vicinity of the Red River,” said Brown. “Since this is mitigation property, we have a responsibility to operate and maintain it, allowing us to collaborate with the USACE in this development.”

To guide the development of the proposed Fish Lake Recreation Area, the RRWC has engaged KSA Engineers, Inc. (KSA) and Rogue Trails, LLC. The Master Plan will outline various recreational activities, features, and infrastructure improvements while preserving a harmonious balance with nature.

Commissioner Versa Clark of the RRWC emphasizes the broader impact of the project on economic and recreational development within the region. “This will be the 20th recreation area for the RRWC,” said Commissioner Clark. “The upcoming project aims to address several needs in North Louisiana, offering new and extraordinary recreational and economic opportunities for many across our community. We could not be more excited about it.”

The new recreation area is expected to attract visitors locally and from neighboring states, stimulating economic growth and providing a boost to the local economy. With the Master Plan slated for finalization by Summer and construction projected to commence by Fall, anticipation for the project’s completion is high among stakeholders.

Mayor Jim Galambos of Blanchard expresses enthusiasm for the positive impact of the project on the local community and economy. “We stand ready to support the RRWC and the USACE in this project,” said Mayor Galambos. “And eagerly anticipate the positive effects it will bring to the local community and economy.”

For more information, contact Mr. Luke Pearson, Real Estate Manager, Red River Waterway Commission, at [email protected] or 318-352-7446.

About the Red River Waterway Commission

The Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana, created in 1965, and serves as the local sponsor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) J. Bennett Johnston Waterway (Red River) Navigation Project. The RRWC encompasses seven Northwest and Central Louisiana parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides, and Avoyelles.

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