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Arthur Ray Teague Parkway in Bossier City

Bayou Bodcau Dam and Reservoir Offers Diverse Recreational Opportunities

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Bayou Bodcau Dam and Reservoir, made up of more than 33,000 acres of lakes and woodland, provides residents of northwest Louisiana with a recreational opportunity to experience the area’s wildlife.

Recreational amenities include lakes and waterways for boating, canoeing, fishing and water sports, and more than 50 miles of trails for hikers and bikers, including the seven-mile Durden Hills Nature Trail. Full of challenging switchbacks, the trail is regarded as one of the top single-track riding sites in the state by Louisiana mountain bikers. Bayou Bodcau also includes a paved trail for easy walking, along with a nature center and a variety of camping options, from primitive sites to RV hook-ups, as well as an area that accommodates campers on horseback.

Bayou Bodcau’s wildlife management area includes an abundance of hunting options and one of the largest stretches of bottomland hardwood forest in north Louisiana. Its natural features range from dense forest to watery cypress swamps, making it a popular birding spot and staging area for educational programs.