Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Saline Bayou, Louisiana

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Kisatchie National Forest

Designated Reach:

October 30, 1986. From Saline Lake upstream to the Kisatchie National Forest.


Scenic — 19.0 miles; Total — 19.0 miles.

Saline Bayou


Saline Bayou Water Trail (U.S. Forest Service)

Photo Credit: Bill Hyams

Saline Bayou

The Saline Bayou National Scenic River Corridor is located west of Louisiana Highway 1233. The northern boundary is just north of Louisiana Highway 126 and its southern boundary is Saline Lake. The river supports a variety of recreational uses that include canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and photography. There are various woods roads and highway entry points to the bayou where a visitor can launch a canoe, camp, fish, or take a hike within this beautiful southern ecosystem. It is a peaceful setting, where bald cypress and other hardwoods growing along the banks are often reflected in the bayou's quiet water. A visitor should watch for wood ducks, pileated woodpeckers, otters and many other wildlife species. This meandering bayou supports a wide and diverse variety of wildlife and plant species and offers a rare opportunity to experience a range of ecosystems ranging from upland pine forest to cypress tupelo swamps. Saline Bayou is treasured for its beautiful scenery and many scenic photos have been taken along this beautiful river.

There are five launch sites, Cloud Crossing Campground, a picnic pavilion (Cloud Crossing) and the Saline Bayou hiking trail associated with the river. Canoeing and boating challenges and natural hazards, such as flooding, depend on the water conditions and time of year. Check with the Winn Ranger District for river condition updates prior to visits.