COVID-19 STATMENT - Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and Red River Waterway Commission employees, the Headquarters office will be closed to the public beginning Friday March 19, 2020 until further notice. The Red River Waterway Commission office will remain open for employees and Commissioners. All Red River Waterway Commission facilities will remain open unless conditions cause the closure of boat launches or parks. Red River Waterway Commission operations will continue without interruption. Those with official business with the Red River Waterway Commission should reach out to their points of contact with any questions or through the CONTACT US link. Thank you for your cooperation. We regret any inconvenience. For more information on coronavirus please visit: http://ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/. You can stay updated on our Office and Recreation Area Status at www.redriverwaterway.com or download our Red River Waterway Mobile App from the Apple or Google Play store.
***UPDATE 3/31/2020 - We opened Bishop Point boat launch today. Red Oak Lake, Grand Ecore, St. Maurice, Montgomery, Natchitoches, Red Bayou, & Boyce Boat Launches are now open, All other Boat launches operated by the Red River Waterway Commission are now CLOSED due to high river levels. We will be monitoring river levels and update when there is a change. Thank you for your patience.
Desoto found it while exploring the Mississippi for riches. Bienville followed its route to explore north Louisiana. St. Denis spent years searching its shores for gold and silver. Early settlers and farmers used it to ship cotton and other goods to New Orleans. The Confederate Army used it to move food and troops south. The Union Army used it to move food and troops north. Steamboat lines from St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati roamed its waters.
Today, the gifts of the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway continue to support the River community. Under the guidance of the Red River Waterway Commission, the River provides both recreational and commercial opportunities to Louisiana residents. The Red River is a vital source for economic development essential to the future of our state. We are proud of our Waterway, our facilities, and of the thousands of people who enjoy the benefits of living near the Red River.