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Kincaid Reservoir

Kincaid Reservoir was formed in 1972 with an earthen dam that is located just ten miles west from Alexandria. The reservoir, also known as Lake Kincaid, serves as a recreational venue for water skiing, fishing, swimming, and boating. Unlike many of the swampy bayous and lakes in Louisiana, Kincaid Reservoir is pleasantly clear, and it is one of the deeper lakes in this state with a maximum depth of 20 feet.

Although the City of Alexandria is located just to the east of this lake, visitors to Kincaid Reservoir are surrounded by the 640,000-acre Kisatchie National Forest. This is the only national forest in the state, and it supplies excellent outdoor opportunities for the entire family. Camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, and mountain biking as well as fishing are available, including two trails that are designated national recreation trails for their scenic beauty.


Anglers of all ages can enjoy bank or boat fishing at Kincaid Reservoir. The lake is stocked with sun perch, bass and catfish. Anglers also can find bluegill, bream, gar, and chain pickerel here. The top three slots for state records belong to chain pickerel caught in these waters from 1976 to 1985. The largest chain pickerel weighed in at 5.75 pounds. A 1.64-pound bluegill also brought in a state record in 1999, and it remains the largest bluegill ever caught in Louisiana.


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    Kincaid Reservoir Louisiana Coordinates:
31.2835N -92.6146W
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Surface Area:
2,600 acres
Maximum Depth:
20 ft
92 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-5 ft
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As with most lakes in this part of Louisiana, about half of the lake is filled with stump remnants that belonged to a once heavily-forested area. However, there is enough open water to enjoy sports like water skiing. Open channels for boats are well marked throughout the lake. Boat ramps are available at three locations around the reservoir.


Kisatchie National Forest is spread across seven Louisiana parishes and almost totally surrounds Kincaid Reservoir. The reservoir is located in the Calcasieu Ranger District, which provides several group camps, tent camping, and RV sites. Campground A and Campground B, both located about fifteen miles from Alexandria on the western end of the lake, include cabins and camping for tents, trailers and campers with electric and water hookups. A primitive campground is located in the same area for tents only, no hook-ups.

The Alexandria area also offers private campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, inns, and other accommodations that can suit any budget or lifestyle.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Kincaid Reservoir is located in northwestern Rapides Parish, Louisiana less than ten miles from Alexandria and its major airport. Alexandria and I-49 lie to the east and the rest of the lake is surrounded by the Kisatchie National Forest.

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