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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.
COVID-19 STATMENT - Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and Red River Waterway Commission employees, all visitors shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when entering, exiting, or in a common area of any RRWC building. Entry for any visitor without a proper face covering shall not be allowed. All visitors shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth during any meeting in which a minimum of 6' social distancing cannot be maintained. In any such instance, the RRWC employee shall have the right to request the visitor(s) to wear masks throughout the duration of the meeting. All visitors entering into an RRWC office building must check their temperature before entering into the building. The visitor must register his temperature and show the reading to an RRWC employee or an RRWC employee shall check their temperature. Per the CDC, any temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater is considered a fever. However, for RRWC purposes, any temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher can not enter an RRWC office. Hand sanitizer should be placed with the thermometer and utilized by each visitor before and after the use of the thermometer. 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.