It's dinner time! Finally... after a long day. This is a famous restaurant: Warehouse No. 1. It really looks like a warehouse from outside, but when you walk in, God, it was fully packed with people, nice environment with piano playing, and most of all, good food! Look at my restaurant tips for more info about this place.
Dinner @ Cypress Inn
Here come highlight of the day... DINNER TIME... when I suck the head & dig the tail of CRAWFISH!!! (^0^) This is the first Whole-Boiled Carwfish I had in Louisiana, and it's Spring... crawfish season! And most memorable, this is my last meal in Monroe, after that, I'll before leaving back home! I miss you guys, and miss the crawfish & Louisiana Spicies too!
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
This lake is located in the piney hills area of Louisiana and is a place where you can get away from it all...I mean ALL...The water is a bit murky and you might have a bit of mud in your hair after skiing, but nobody cares. Farmerville itself is a pit in all honesty, but they do have a Johnny's pizza! Here is a brief description from the park service: Piney forests, rolling hills, five fishing piers, and a beautiful lake draw visitors to this quiet, majestic state park. Designed to keep the focus on nature, park facilities blend with the natural landscape to enhance the outdoor experience of this 655-acre park.
The visitors center, swimming pool and tennis complex provide a starting point for your day in the park. Guests can choose from 65 improved campsites, eighteen (18) vacation cabins, two (2) lodges and a group camp that sleeps 52 for overnight stays. Playground areas are found in both the day-use and overnight camping areas.
Fishing piers and boat docks attract visitors to Lake D'Arbonne, the marvelous 15,250-acre centerpiece of the park. Recreation on Lake D'Arbonne is tremendously popular among locals and visitors, and record catches of bass, crappie, catfish and bream make Lake D'Arbonne a fishing haven. Wide open areas of the lake, about seven miles from the park, appeal to water skiers and pleasure boaters. The boat launch at the park opens up all of these opportunities to outdoorsmen.
The park's 65 campsites are all equipped with water and electricity and a nearby comfort station equipped with restroom and shower facilities as well as an adjacent washeteria to make your visit to Lake D'Arbonne pleasant and comfortable. The camping area is nestled in the woods near the lake and has its own fishing pier.
located on Evergreen Rd. off La. 2. From Ruston, take La. 33 north to Farmerville, then west on La. 2 to Evergreen Rd. Go left one-third of a mile on Evergreen Rd. to the park. To reserve a campsite or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).
Some may disagree, but I love this Texas style Barbeque. It rocks and their potato salad is out of this world. The atmosphere is fast food like and a bit "western". I would suggest getting it to go and find a spot for a picknik. Chanault Park maybe? sandwich with beans and potato salad....yum...
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Established: 1997.
- Acres: approximately 4,500 (6,000 acres in approved acquisition boundary).
- Refuge established by a unique, free, 99-year lease with City of Monroe.
- Located in Ouachita Parish, LA, 2 miles north of Monroe, LA, off US Hwy. 165.
- Office currently located on D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, 10 miles north of West Monroe, LA, on LA Highway 143.
The existing refuge consists of pristine wetlands associated with a 1600-acre, shallow, cypress-studded lake, riparian areas, and reforested farm fields in the watershed.
The area provides excellent habitat for wetland-dependent fish and wildlife such as waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical migrants, reptiles, and game fish.
Several endangered redcockaded woodpecker clusters are found on the refuge.
Protect and enhance habitat for endangered species, waterfowl, neotropical migrants, and resident wildlife.
Provide environmental education/ interpretation in a semi-urban setting.
Provide high quality recreational fishing opportunities.
Protect the long-term water quality of Black Bayou Lake.
The refuge is open year round during daylight hours for permitted uses. The Visitors’ Center is open 7 days/week. School and other groups are welcome to make reservations for special activities (318-387-1114).
There are no entrance fees. There is a $2 boat launch fee ($1 for Golden Age Passport holders).
“Friends of Black Bayou, Inc.” is a refuge support group consisting of volunteers from all walks of life. New members are welcome. Volunteers to staff the Visitors’ Center and to assist with educational activities are especially needed. Contact the refuge office for details.
A wet-lab for enhanced environmental education and canoe trails are in the planning stages. Further development of nature trails and the arboretum is ongoing.