Berwick, LA to Shreveport, LA
After an enjoyable stay in Cajun Country, we headed north toward our next destination of Shreveport, LA. We could have pushed to drive all the way from Berwick to Shreveport in one shot; but it would have been a 5½ hour drive, and we usually like to limit our drives to 4 hours.
Margery found a nice campground along the Red River in the little town of Colfax, LA on RV Park Reviews part way between Berwick and Shreveport. Colfax is off the beaten path, and it's a little difficult to find information about the campground, which seems to be a joint effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Red River Waterway Authority.
The Red River Waterway Authority is an agency of the state of Louisiana that appears to control the locks and ports along the Red River. They have a number of recreation sites along the river including the Colfax Recreation Area.
The campground is relatively new. It has 25 widely-spaced, back-in sites, and it has paved roads, pads and patios. There are full hookups with 30/50-amp electric and free Wi-fi. The Colfax RV Park accepts America the Beautiful Passes for half-price camping, which makes it a real bargain at $12 a night. The photo below shows our site at Colfax Recreation Area.
Although we heard a few distant trains, the campground was generally nice and quiet. Other than the campground hosts, there was only one other RV besides us in the entire campground.
The Colfax Recreation Area is located next to a lock on the Red River. In the photo below, the lock is to the left, and the boat launch is to the rear of where we were standing.
There are several rivers named Red River, two of which are larger and fairly well known. The northern Red River forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, and it's the one we that we always hear about that floods in Fargo.
The other well-known Red River is the southern one that runs through the Colfax Recreation Area. The southern Red River is 1300 miles long. It starts in the panhandle of Texas and forms the border between Texas and Oklahoma and a short section of the border between Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas, the Red River turns south and flows into Louisiana. Shreveport is located on the Red River.
The drive from Berwick to Colfax was a little over three hours, and the drive from Colfax to Shreveport was only about two hours. In Shreveport, we stayed at Tall Pines RV Park.
Tall Pines RV, a Good Sam park, has paved roads and patios. Some sites have paved pads, and some sites are gravel. The sites are mainly pull-throughs. There are full hookups with free Wi-fi and cable. Some sites have 30 amps only, and some have 30/50 amps. It was hot, so we got a 50-amp site.
We could tell by the distinctive A-frame shape of the office the campground used to be a KOA, which usually have very narrow sites. Surprisingly, the site width was not bad at all for a private campground.
The next photo shows a view down the main road of the campground where our site was located. It was early when we arrived, so there were quite a few empty sites. However, many of those empty sites were filled later in the day, and the campground was almost completely filled for the Memorial Day weekend.
There was a fair amount of traffic noise from I-20 to the north. We could also hear an occasional, distant train. However, as we said, it was hot when we were there so we ran the air most of the time, and that pretty much covered up any noise.
The weather forecast for our first full day in Shreveport was calling for mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain so we didn't plan on any sightseeing. Instead, Margery took the opportunity to get a haircut, after which we made a stop at Walmart to restock some groceries.
Shreveport isn't a big tourist town, but we did identify some sightseeing possibilities. Look for our next post, and we'll tell you what we found.