Culture, Tourism and Recreation in Grant Parish
The Grant Chamber of Commerce recognizes that while there are other "larger" businesses in Grant Parish, there is no "greater industry" than tourism and recreation. As tourism grows as an industry in the state and the nation, Grant Parish has slowly come to recognize that tourism is a viable resource for the parish in terms of economic growth and employment. With the numerous lakes and rivers that are located throughout the parish, with Kisatchie National Forest among the parish?s natural resources, it is only natural that the parish desires to capitalize on those assets.
Kisatchie National Forest offers camping, swimming, hiking and fishing at its Stuart Lake site near Pollock and hiking and nature trails throughout the parish. For more information, contact US Forest Service, Catahoula District, (318) 765-3554.
Colfax Recreation Area is a $2.4 million facility located on the Red River on LA Hwy. 158 near Colfax. The facility offers overnight camping sites ($12 per site fee), picnic pavilions, a children's play area, bathhouse along with boat ramp, floating marina and parking for vehicles and trailers. To reserve a campsite or for more information, contact (318) 627-2640. The Red River Waterway Commission maintains this facility.
Smaller public boat landings at Colfax and Montgomery offer access to the Red River, but there are no sanitation facilities and limited parking. Other areas popular with recreationist include Iatt, Nantachie and Hardwater Lakes, Little River, Camp Livingston and Breezy Hill (primitive camping, hiking, four-wheeler and dirt bike trails and hunting).
There are public access boat ramps on the area's major lakes, and several sites along Little River. All of these waterways are popular for fishing, boating and hunting, while Little River and Red River can also be enjoyed by water-skiers.
Numerous convenience stores throughout the parish provide hunting and fishing licenses, fishing and camping needs, gas and propane for those who hunt and fish, and are also a good source of information as to "where the fish are biting?" and what's available in the area.
4-H Camp Grant Walker is housed in Pollock, Louisiana. Every summer, many children from around the state go to 4-H Camp here where they learn by doing. The state club also hosts other events at Camp Grant Walker such as meetings, and the State Jr. Leadership Conference.