Caney Lakes Recreation Areas will open for the 2011 season on May 27.
Facilities include the swim beach, volleyball court, boat launch and camping areas. Caney Lakes, located just minutes from Interstate 20, is a wonderful place for water sports, fishing and swimming.
Caney Lakes is located just north of Minden.
The campground at Caney Lakes will fully accommodate motor homes including water and electrical hook-ups.
This year marks the Centennial of the Weeks Act of 1911 which authorized the purchase of national forest lands.
The main entrance gate will open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. to help provide safety and security to people in the campgrounds. The day use entrance gate will be open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
To accommodate fishermen and other lake users, the entrance gate from Methodist Camp Road will be open at all times and a recreation permit will be required.
Guests at Caney Lakes participating in any day use activities, including fishing, will be charged a fee of $3. The permit is valid for the purchaser and other passengers, not to exceed six people. Camping fees include $15 for Caney Lakes Campground and $10 for Turtle Slide Campground.
Seasonal day use permits are available at $30 or $15 with the America the Beautiful Senior Pass and are valid for an unlimited number of visits during the current recreational season.
Seasonal permits are valid for the purchaser and other passengers, not to exceed six people per vehicle.
Ninety five percent of these fees are returned to Kisatchie National Forest to maintain and improve recreational facilities.
Only certified aid dogs are allowed in the swimming and ski areas. Only dogs on a leash are permitted in the recreation area.
For more information, contact the Caney Ranger District Office at 927-2061.