|The work of the Red River
Waterway Commission represents the seven-parish Red
River Waterway District that encompasses Caddo,
Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides,
and Avoyelles parishes. Commissioners are appointed
from each of those parishes, plus four at-large
commissioners also serve.
The Red River Waterway Commission is charged with
"To acquire Right of Ways for
Presently, approximately 30,000
acres are owned and managed by the commission, most
of which have been acquired for construction
projects by the Corps.
During the course of the year, the
commission works closely with the public to manage a
wide range of property leases, optimizing the use of
In fact, the commission recently
entered into a "land-use study" with Louisiana State
University designed to assure productive land
management and use for generations.
In all, the task of securing Right
of Ways is on schedule with all planned projects.
Another responsibility of the Red
River Waterway Commission is:
“The development (along with
the Corps of Engineers), operation, and
maintenance of recreation facilities.”
The combined recreation facilities
along the length of the waterway have been a very
popular dimension of the project, attracting over
1.7 million visitors in 2009.
The Red River Waterway Commission
is also responsible for participation in economic
development for the waterway area through assistance
to the ports to develop initial facilities, and by
providing and maintaining navigable channels between
the ports and the river channel.
Project completion, navigation,
and assuring access to the bend-ways are on-going
priorities with the commission. To meet these goals,
we promote our alliance with local and state
government, our congressional delegation, the Corps
of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Red
River Valley Association Navigation Committee. This
group is directly responsible for much of the
impressive work we’re all seeing grow to maturity
The projects we’ve completed, and
the new and exciting facilities we’re presently
developing illustrate the many accomplishments
shared on the Red River Waterway.
Join us as we continue building
“The Gift of River Living.”