P.O. Box  776

5941 Hwy. 1 By-Pass

Natchitoches, Louisiana  71458

Phone: 318-352-7446

Toll Free: 1-800-874-9431

Fax: 318-352-8156


  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 the responsibility:

"To acquire Right of Ways for the project."

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 waterway lands.

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 today.

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.”