Local Area Attractions Near Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA

The Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday is safely located only about 10 to 12 minutes from downtown Shreveport and the local casinos and it's accessibility to Interstate 49 and Interstate 220 make virtually everything in Shreveport within about a 30 minute drive or less!  Whether you're coming to Shreveport-Bossier City for vacation or for business, you will want to check out some of the very neat attractions that the area has to offer.

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Only about 12 minutes from the Sheveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday is the Sci-Port Discovery Center, located in Downtown Shreveport on the River Front, is an interactive science museum where kids (and adults) can have a hands on learning experience while having fun! $15 a person for all day access to the PoP Children's Museum, an IMAX Movie, the Sawyar Space Dome Planetarium, and the Upper and Lower Levels of the center. Their hours of operation are limited to Friday and Saturday from 9-5, and Sunday from 12-5 so it makes for a great weekend outing during your stay with us! Even if you don't have kids, adults enjoy it just as much on their own!

820 Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport, LA 71101

318-424-3466

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East Bank District

East Bank District

Bossier City's newest entertainment district has quickly become the heart of the city, and you're only about 15 minutes away when you stay with us here at the Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday! At the East Bank, you will find a variety of nice restaurants, Flying Heart Breweing and Pub, Bayou Axe Throwing Company, Bossier Arts Council, and plenty of fun!  In the middle of the district is the East Bank Plaza where community events, live music and parties are held.  Grab a to-go drink from any of the restaurants or brewery and explore all that the East Bank District has to offer. It is also conveniently located within walking distance of the Horseshoe Casino, Boomtown Casino, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bass Pro Shop, and The Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets.

400-1100 blocks of Barksdale Blvd.

Bossier City, LA 71111

318-588-5095

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Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park

Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park

Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a rentable pavilion with restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and several naturalists who provide information and interpretation to park visitors. Nature oriented programs are available on an appointment basis.  This FREE park is owned and operated by the Caddo Parish Commission, and it's only about 10 minutes away from the Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday!

8012 Blanchard Furrh Road

Shreveport, LA 71107

318-929-2806

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American Rose Center

American Rose Center

The spectacular gardens of the American Rose Center are located on the 118-acre wooded tract near Shreveport, Louisiana. The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. They are the nation's largest park dedicated to roses. The gardens were dedicated in the 1974, when the American Rose Society headquarters moved to Shreveport from Columbus, Ohio. Today, The American Rose Center features a vast variety of roses across numerous gardens, with a multitude of companion plants, sculptures and fountains, including the beautiful Dudley Watkins Reflection Pool.

8877 Jefferson Paige Road

Shreveport, LA 71119

318-938-5402

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Jubilee Petting Zoo & Play Place

Jubilee Petting Zoo & Play Place

Located right down the road from us is the Jubilee Zoo, Petting Zoo and Play Place, which is home to a petting farm attraction. It is a Christian family-owned business by people who have a passion for animals and the positive influence they can bring to others. The up-close and personal interactions are enjoyable for the young, and the young at heart!  Featuring a party barn with a giant slide and mini zip line, friendly farm animals, exotic livestock, bounce houses, pony rides, a playground area, a hayride, a train ride, and picnic tables with even more to see and do!  Tell them Danny & Jacky at the KOA sent you to see them!

6402 Highway 1 North

Shreveport, LA 71107

318-929-7387

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Local Area Recreation Near Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA

Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area

Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area

Ready to take a walk on the wild side?  The Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area sits below and connects to the Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA's God's Country (East Campus) and contains over 3,600 acres of wildlife managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is owned by the Caddo Levee District. It offers hiking, archery hunting during certain hunting seasons, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing.  The Twelve Mile Bayou runs through the WMA.  KOA guests can access the WMA through the campground, however LWLF requires all guests to check-in through an app that can be downloaded from their website.  Persons who possess a valid hunting or fishing license can enter free of charge or a Wild Louisiana permit can be downloaded for only a couple of dollars from their website.  No motorized vehicles are permitted on the WMA however bicycles are allowed. Soda Lake WMA was historically a seasonal lake that flooded during late winter and spring. A similar water regime continues today, but only the bluffs located on the western edge of the WMA remain above flood level. The lower elevation habitat is a broken woodland consisting of willow, cottonwood, ash, hackberry, and overcup oak. Due to annual flooding, the understory is very sparse and contains rattan, peppervine, dewberry, and sawbriars. Open areas support wild millet, smartweed, and several species of grasses.The rugged escarpment of Twelve Mile Bayou on the western edge of the area supports a diverse, old growth forest. Approximately 35 acres in size, this forest is a unique natural upland plant community of shortleaf pine, sweetgum, and white, post, cherrybark, shumard, and cow oak. The dominant trees are estimated to be 100 to 130 years old. Two rare plants, American alumroot (Heuchra americana L.) and lowland brittle fern (Cystopteris protrusa Bernh.) have been found growing on the north and east-facing bluffs.The Franks Tract is a recent addition to Soda Lake WMA. This tract was acquired by the US Army Corps of Engineers as mitigation for impacts from the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Project and will be managed by LDWF through a cooperative agreement with the Red River Waterway Commission. Habitat on the Franks Tract consists of bottomland hardwood forest and pasture land. Portions of the pasture land are being reforested to provide additional bottomland forest habitat in the Red River alluvial valley. Other areas will be maintained as natural openings to provide a diversity of habitat for a variety of game and non-game species.LDWF manages Soda Lake WMA primarily as a refuge for migrant waterfowl and songbirds. The WMA also provides year-round habitat for a diverse population of resident songbirds, mammals, and insects. Together, LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, and the Caddo Levee District maintain a series of moist soil impoundments that provide excellent waterfowl and bird watching opportunities.

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Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

The Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park is only about 10 minutes away from the Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday and offers free recreation, including hiking trails, nature trails, a visitor center and several animals on display at the center. It is located three miles west of Blanchard.  The 160 acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails.  The Park has an interpretive building, a rentable pavilion with restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and several naturalist who provide information and interpretation to park visitors. Nature oriented programs are available on an appointment basis as well.

8012 Blanchard Furrh Road

Shreveport, LA 71107

318-929-2806

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Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake is the south's largest natural lake which encompasses over 25,000 acres of water that flows from Texas' Big Cypress River near Karnack, Texas into Louisiana and feeds the Twelve Mile Bayou that runs through the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area, which is attached to our God's Country Campground (East Campus).  The Twelve Mile Bayou flows for about 12 miles into Downtown Shreveport where it connects to the Red River.  Caddo Lake offers one of the best fishing lakes in the south bringing thousands of bass anglers every year to compete in fishing tournaments on Caddo Lake.  The Lake is easily accessed about 4 miles north of the Shreveport North / Caddo Lake Area KOA Holiday, with a private launch off Highway 1 at the Drift-In Landing.  A little further north is the public boat launch at Earl Williamson Park in Oil City, Louisiana.  There is also another public launch in the small town of Mooringsport, which is just north of the KOA.  If you don't have your own boat, we recommend local fishing guide Danny Dupont who will provide the boat, gear and fishing guide service at reasonable rates.  He will even pick you up at the KOA and take you to the lake.  He can be reached by calling (318) 455-8210.

10166 Highway 1

Mooringsport, LA 71060

318-996-7026

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