Alexander State Forest

Acreage

8,158

Contact

adailey@wlf.la.gov; 318-487-5885; 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360

Parish

Rapides

Owner/manager

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)

Description

Alexander State Forest WMA is managed as a commercial forest with an emphasis on experimental forestry techniques. Much of the timber is managed as pine plantations. The forest overstory is predominantly loblolly pine with scattered stands of longleaf and slash pines. However, creek drainages have been maintained in hardwoods. In addition red oak, blackgum, sweetgum, hackberry, beech, and water and willow oaks are widely scattered over the forest.

This WMA also includes Indian Creek Lake, a 2,600-acre reservoir, along with a 300-acre recreation and camping area.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting: Available game species include deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, and woodcock. White-tailed deer are common on this WMA. Herd density is good; antler quality and body weights are typical of piney woods habitat. Hunter success during the either-sex primitive weapon hunts is generally above average. See regulations for details.

Physically challenged wheelchair hunting areas are available on Alexander State Forest WMA. There is also a physically challenged deer season. Contact LDWF for a physically challenged hunter permit application and additional information.

LDWF operates a 100-yard rifle range, 50-yard pistol range, and shotgun range on this WMA. The public may use these ranges during specified times. Click here or call 318-482-2212 for more information on range hours and fees. Click here for the shooting safety zone map.

Fishing and boating: There are four boat launches on Indian Creek Lake, which is available for boating, swimming, and recreational fishing. See regulations for details.

Camping: LDAF operates trailer and tent accommodations with electricity, water, bath houses, and swimming areas. LDAF charges a fee for the use of these facilities. For more information, contact the Indian Creek Recreation Area at 318-487-5058.

Other: Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery

Directions

Alexander State Forest WMA is about 10 miles south of Alexandria, off U.S. Hwy 165 and 1 mile east of Woodworth.