Located in Northern Louisiana, Sportsman’s Paradise is well deserving of its famed name. As a haven for campers, birdwatchers, nature photographers and fishermen, this region is abundant with wildlife, lush vegetation, and sparkling lakes brimming with bass and trout. Relaxation is still Louisiana’s top billing and the small towns and unique bed and breakfasts of Northern Louisiana won’t let you down. You’ll enjoy wide, sweeping front porches, bottomless sweet tea, and homemade cobbler – made with home grown Ruston peaches! Come explore Louisiana off the beaten path and the charm you’ll encounter here.
Landmarks, Plantations, Attractions
1133 S Grand St, Monroe, LA 71202
Layton Castle, a rambling, maze-like brick home built in 1814, is an architectural landmark in Monroe, Louisiana. It has 60 rooms and there are several historical structures behind the home.
(Jennifer Baughn, Photographer)
13453 LA-1, Caspiana, LA 71115
The plantation was established in Spring of 1852 by the Hutchinson family. The 3-story, 5,000 sq. ft. home was built in 1910 and still maintains it’s southern charm and beauty on the beautiful land that surrounds it.
(Photo courtesy: Caspiana Plantation House)
2006 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201
The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens is a home museum and botanical garden located beside the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. It is open Monday-Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuge Complex and one of 545 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It was established in 1997 through a unique partnership with the city of Monroe, Louisiana. When visitors come to the refuge, one of the main spots of interest is the lake. Whether you just want to take in the sites or take home a fish, the lake is the center of the refuge.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is an art deco museum with paintings, frescoes & dioramas, plus a gallery with Native American artifacts. The West Wing gallery displays rotating art exhibits. The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of Louisiana Native American artifacts from pre-historic period to the present.
The Shreveport Waterworks Pumping Station, also known as the McNeil Street Pump Station, is a historic water pumping station. It is a turn-of-the-century (the LAST century, that is) water works that was the last known steam-powered municipal water treatment plant in the US. Its steam engines were finally retired in 1980. It is a National Historic Landmark.
Located in the former home of the Masur family, the Masur Museum of Art is the largest collecting and exhibiting visual arts museum in Northeast Louisiana. We are dedicated to providing our community with a dynamic visual arts experience through exhibitions, public programming, and collections management.
This museum honors veterans and soldiers from WWI through Iraqi Freedom. Through expansive collections of artifacts and compelling stories of the men and women who have served our country, the visitor receives a captivating insight into why we honor our history and our heroes.
Events & Festivals
Red River Revel is one of Louisiana’s oldest, largest, and most celebrated festivals. It spans nine days each fall and showcases local and national visual and performing artists. It offers Cajun cuisine, music and handcrafted art.
(Photo courtesy: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau)
The American Rose Center is a rose garden owned and operated by The American Rose Society. There are over 20,000 rose bushes comprising 100 varieties in 65 separate rose gardens on 118 acres of pine forests and woodlands.
The 2,700-acre, man-made lake that is the centerpiece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of water sports and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl migration each spring and fall. The fish and wildlife species inhabiting or migrating through the reservoir are numerous.
Take your pick: swimming, fishing, birding, boating of all kinds, waterskiing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying the unsurpassed natural beauty. One of the most popular activities for visitors of all ages is swimming at the park’s sandy beach.
Located on a peninsula on Caney Lake, Jimmie Davis State Park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to the outdoors enthusiast looking for a prime freshwater fishing spot. Waterskiing is also popular.
The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association has recommended to each of our member properties that they follow safety guidelines provided by the CDC and the Association of Lodging Professionals. Guest safety and well-being are our top priority in addition to guest comfort. Contact the individual properties for inquiries or to make a reservation. Relax and Innjoy!