The Bourbe Lake Hunting Club has been different things for different people. To many it is a hunting and fishing destination. For others it is a book-reading, fire-tending, marshmellow-roasting, cocktail-sippin', sunset-enjoying, fall-football-watching, cigar-smoking or recipe-testing kind of place.
Families and friends have gathered for years to host fish frys, crawfish boils and gumbo dinners. Time has been spent shooting archery, throwing horseshoes, engaged in spirited card games, pulling the trigger on skeet, hiking on trails, canoeing through moss-drapped cypress trees or sitting by a cracklin' outdoor fire. Some just come to catch up on their sleep! Regardless of your choice of activity, we think you will love the solitude and peacefulness that Bourbe Lake is known for. Simpy pick your passion.
Kisatchie National Forest, the only National Forest in Louisiana (designated in 1930), is a pristene forest consisting of rolling piney hills, sandstone bluffs, hardwood bottoms and scenic rivers. The forest is comprised of 604,000 total acres spread over seven Louisiana parishes (and made up of five "districts"). Only 15 miles from the camp at Boube Lake is the 102,000 acre Kisatchie Ranger District which includes the 38,450 acre Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve and the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area. The district is split by the 17-mile National Longleaf Scenic Byway highway. The multi-use 36 mile Sandstone Trail is located in the Red Dirt area of the district and can be riden by four-wheeler between May 1 and December 31. The very popular Kisatchie Bayou Campground features scenic views of a rocky, swift-moving bayou (more like a clear running river), 17 primitive-style camp sites with tent pads, barbeque pits and lantern posts. The campground is unlike any area seen in Louisiana. Also in this district and preserve you can find additional hike and bike trails, horse back riding, deer hunting, squirrel hunting and turkey hunting while using Bourbe Lake Hunting Club as your local base of operations.
Many of Louisiana's finest historical plantations are located a short 25 minutes from the lake along the beautiful Cane River. The most famous of these plantations are Melrose Plantation which has daily tours and the Magnolia Plantation Complex which features self-guided tours.
The historic city of Natchitoches, Louisiana (est. 1714) is located 30 minutes to the north and is well-known as the host city for the Festival of Lights during weekends in December. In addition, the city of Natchitoches has a ton of old-town charm as well as river front shopping and dinning along the banks of the beautiful Cane River.
Paragon Casino & Resort is a full-service, land-based casino complete with table games and slot machine action. The casino also sports an 18 hole golf course called Tamahka Trails. The casino is only one hour to the south of the camp in Marksville, Louisiana.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
- Frank Lloyd Wright