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LOUISIANA SWIMMING HOLES
(6 PLACES)
UPDATED 1/2013


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OBERLIN AREA
[3 PLACES]
(OBEA)

NO PHOTOS TO STATE MAP
TOWNS LAFAYETTE, KINDER, MITTE, OBERLIN
STATE LA
WATER Whisky Chitto Creek/Calcasieu River
TYPE Creek/River
DESCRIPTION Several long-time swimming places in creeks and rivers near Oberlin. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, rope swings, canoeing
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Lafayette, take I-10 west to exit 44 then take RT 165 northeast to Kinder, then:

CARPENTERS BRIDGE [CARP]: This is the take-out point for the commercial canoe section of the Whisky Chitto (AKA Ouiskichitta) Creek. Wade or canoe upstream a hundred yards or so to where rope swings at least used to exist. Or rent a canoe and float the whole section down from Mittie, with many sandbars and holes to cool off in. To get here from Kinder, take RT 165 another about 1 mile north then turn left on Green Oak Rd. (RT 1147) and go about .5 miles then left (west) on Old Pump Rd.. Follow Old Pump Rd. about 4 miles then turn right (north) on Carpenter's Bridge Rd. (still RT 1147) and go about 8 miles more to Carpenters Bridge (hard to miss--lots of activity upstream and down at least on the west bank. LAT, LON lat=30.61760, lon=-92.93164(source: measured by another) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.

OBERLIN BRIDGE [OBER]: Swimming place in the Calcasieu River just west of Oberlin. To get here from Kinder, continue north on RT 165 to Oberlin. In Oberlin, turn west (left) on RT 26 (6th ave/7th ave) and go about 3.5 miles to the bridge over the Calcasieu River. The swimming place is here. LAT, LON lat=30.63939, lon=-92.81456(source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.

MITTIE BRIDGE [MITT]: More secluded swimming place in the Whisky Chitto (AKA Ouiskichitta) Creek near the town of Mittie. To get here from OBERLIN BRIDGE (above) continue west on RT 26 about 6.5 miles to the bridge over Whisky Chitto Creek just before you get to Mittie. The swimming place is here. LAT, LON lat=30.69934, lon=-92.89455(source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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KISATCHIE BAYOU RECREATION AREA
(KISA)

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TOWNS ALEXANDRIA, NATCHITOCHES, PROVENCAL
LAT, LON lat=31.44411, lon=-93.09274 (source: measured by another) (accuracy:exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE LA
WATER Kisatchie Bayou
TYPE Large creek
DESCRIPTION A Forest Service recreation, picnic and camping area. Unofficial but customary swimming place or water-play depending on water level. Forest Service Web Site .

This description from a visitor: "This is the best water playground in LA. Kisatchie Bayou cuts through some sandstone strata, creating rapids and small falls below a bluff. Decades of stone moving by people in bathing suits have created a tubing chute at the center and a jacuzzi area just upstream, Further upstream are (sometimes) rope swings from trees and a bluff over a deep spot that is used for jumping (getting back up is a problem). Wade downstream and a succession of sandbars surround the stream which in some bends is deep enough for full body submersion (and much cooler water at the bottom). Moving water which stays up enough for at least part of the summer is very rare in LA.."
AREAS Kisatchie National Forest, Kisatchie Ranger District
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Parking fee
FACILITIES Picnic tables, restrooms
ACTIVITIES Swimming, tubing, jumping
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Walk-in tent camping at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From the intersection of I-49 and RT 6 at Natchitoches, drive west on RT 6 for 7 miles. Turn left (south) on Louisiana RT 117 and proceed 16 miles to Forest Highway 59, Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway. Turn left (east) on FH 59 and go 7 miles to Forest Road 321. Turn right (south) on FR 321 and go 4 miles to Forest Road 366. Turn right (west) on FR 366 and proceed to the end of the road.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 6/23/2007



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TOLEDO BEND
(TOLE)

PHOTO
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TO STATE MAP
TOWNS ALEXANDRIA, TOLEDO
LAT, LON lat=31.19518, lon=-93.56519(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE LA
WATER Sabine River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Beautiful location on the Sabine River open to the public except when the water is very high. There are sandstone boulders, small rapids and rock ledges, clear, swift water and several deep swimming holes. The area is operated by the Sabine River Authority but is not advertised in any way. Swimmers, canoes and kayaks.

AREAS Sabine River Authority
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, canoeing
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Alexandria (on I-49), take RT 28 west about 50 miles to Leesville then turn right onto RT 171 north (Shreveport Hwy) and go about 8 miles to Anacoco. In Anacoco, take RT 111 west (Trigger Trapp Rd) about 10 miles then continue straight onto RT 392 (dont follow RT 111 where it turns south) and go about 5 miles, through South Toledo Bend State Park, and turn left (south) on RT 191 and go about 2 miles. Just after you cross the first spillway bridge, immediately turn left on the first gravel road on the left. This road will loop around and will parallel the Sabine River where there are sandstone boulders, small rapids and rock ledges. Park as indicated and hike several hundred feet back up the river bank to find clear, swift water and several deep swimming holes.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013


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