National Wildlife Refuge System

New Paddling Trails at Tensas Refuge, LA

New trails loop through Africa Lake at Tensas River Refuge, LA.
Credit: Kevin Martin

Four new trails for canoes and kayaks have been dedicated at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, LA. The main river trail passes the visitor center; other trails loop through two oxbow lakes on the refuge.


The trails are an America’s Great Outdoors project coordinated by the Lousiana State University AgCenter, which has established trails in several other parks in the state.  A $235,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation provided funds to designate easily accessible put-in and take-out spots, add signage, create brochures and offer paddling workshops in connection with the four newest trails.


Tensas (pronounced TEN-saw) River Refuge manager Kelly Purkey says the trails are “an invitation to a new user group – it will be interesting to see if a little outreach will bring people in.”


Dora Ann Hatch, the LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator, believes the paddling trails will also demonstrate to landowners that they can use their land to support paddlers who want to camp, hike or hunt. “We’re thrilled about the opportunities see to generate ecotourism in the region.”


Tensas River Refuge Paddling Trails brochure (PDF1.07 MB)
Other paddling trails in Louisiana

Last updated: February 1, 2013