Elevate your road trip, and take advantage of Boom or Bust Byway outdoor adventures
Outdoor discoveries along the backroads of the Boom or Bust Byway are endless. On this journey, road trippers are bound to disconnect from fast-paced, modern lifestyles and reconnect their adventurous spirit throughout the countryside. Travelers can partake in everything from outdoor events and skydiving over fertile farmland to bass fishing in lakes, and camping in parks.
Parks and Lakes
Enjoy nature at your leisure
The Boom or Bust Byway is the ultimate road trip experience for the food guru, historian, festivalgoer, thrill-seeker, penny-pincher, and antique collector, but the parks and lakes cater to the outdoorsman. Travelers can stay a night under the stars at Earl G. Williamson Park or plan a relaxing picnic overlooking Caddo Lake. The lakes are great for swimming, boating activities, fishing, and more. Quiet, cozy areas are available at local parks and campgrounds for recreational vehicle parking and setting up campsites. Nature has a special way of calming the campgrounds with the sound of soft ripples from the lake’s waves or the charming chirps of birds nestled in the lush forestry.
What to See
Caddo Lake is a 25,400-acre lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana. It is the largest natural fresh water lake in the South.
11425 Hwy. 1 North., Oil City, LA 71061
Earl G. Williamson Park
Earl G. Williamson Park, a 40-acre park, features a public boat ramp, a 450-foot fishing pier, paved parking areas, restrooms with showers, RV camper hook-ups, areas for tent camping, extensive picnic facilities, two playgrounds, volleyball nets, a baseball field, tennis courts, and a swimming area.
11425 LA Hwy. 1., Oil City, LA 71061
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is dedicated to helping people connect with nature by conserving a pine-oak-hickory forest for interpretation and recreation.
8012 Par Rd., Shreveport, LA 71107
Horace M. Downs Park
Horace M. Downs Park sits on 8.5 acres of land that features the nearby Caddo Lake Dam, picnic tables, grills, and more for family fun.
8571 Crouch Dam Rd., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Robert A. Nance Park
Robert A. Nance Park features a boat ramp, fishing pier, grills, paved parking, family size picnic tables, playground equipment, and more.
14770 Odom Rd., Hosston, LA 71043
Edwin Tuttle Currie Park
705 Greenwood St., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation
Cypress Black Bayou is a full-service recreation area that includes a marina, swimming, camping, cabins, fishing piers, zoo, and much more. Cypress Black Bayou has a meeting room that holds up to 50 people if a small group is looking for a retreat.
135 Cypress Park Dr., Benton, LA 71006
C&J RV Park LLC
C&J RV Park LLC has 26 RV sites and showers.
6941 LA-1., Mooringsport, LA 71060
“By the Lake” Park, Country Haven RV Park
“By the Lake” Park is a small park sitting on a bluff that overlooks Caddo Lake, provides picnic tables, portable toilet, pier and boat launching facilities. It is used primarily by fishermen and for family picnics. Located near the Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge.
100 N Croom St., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Relish in the Remarkable Boom or Bust Scenery
Along the byway, enjoy the natural, scenic gems that you can’t see in the city. The roads are lined with colorful wildflowers including golden coreopsis, sunflower fields, crimson clovers, and more. Witness the well-kept, historic churches, bed and breakfasts, libraries, bridges, homes, and more. The Boom or Bust Byway forests were planted decades ago when forestry was booming, and other areas were recently harvested by the remaining forestry industries.
Let your windows down to enjoy the fresh smell of pine trees as you drive past picture-perfect landscapes such as placid bayous, peaceful plantations, shady forests, and rich productive farmland. Agriculture has also experienced booms and busts, but the byway is home to the farmlands that survived hard times to be passed down for generations. Most importantly, the byway produces some of the best picturesque sunsets.