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John Franks

For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at or 318.371.3050.


The John Franks WMA property was acquired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as mitigation for impacts from the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Project. LDWF manages the WMA through a cooperative agreement with the Red River Waterway Commission. Habitat on the WMA consists of bottomland hardwood forest, sloughs, and pastureland. Reforestation of the majority of pastureland will provide additional bottomland forest habitat in the Red River alluvial valley. Portions managed as natural openings provide a diversity of habitat for a variety of game and non-game species.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: There is an archery-only season for white-tailed deer. Dove, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, and woodcock hunting opportunities abound on the area. Trapping is permitted. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Small ponds and sloughs offer limited fishing.

Other: Hiking, birding, berry picking, wildlife viewing, and photography



John Franks







U.S. Army Corps of Engineers



John Franks WMA is located just a few miles north of Shreveport. You can access the eastern portion of the WMA via LA 3049/Dixie Shreveport Road and the western portions via U.S. 71.