Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Shreveport-Bossier City’s recreational choices will fill the bill.
Cross Lake, on the west side of Shreveport, is the city’s main water supply. Fishing here is popular, with bass, bream, white perch and catfish among species in the lake. Bass are stocked on a regular basis, and Cross Lake hosts several bass tournaments each year.
This region has some of the best golf courses in Louisiana. Public and country club courses alike are available in Shreveport-Bossier City, including courses on the Audubon Golf Trail. Bossier City features the Golf Club at Stone Bridge, while Shreveport offers the Westwood Executive Golf Course and municipal courses at Huntington Park, Querbes Park and Jerry Tim Brooks Park. For a full list of public and private courses in the Shreveport-Bossier City Area, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/things-to-do/sports.
3301 Pershing Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Independence Stadium is home to the most celebrated bowl football game in North Louisiana, the Independence Bowl (www.independencebowl.org). The stadium recently underwent a $30 million renovation and now can seat about 53,000 fans served by new concession stands and a towering Trinitron television.
The Red River
The mighty Red River, which divides Shreveport and Bossier City, has some of the best fishing in the South. There are recreational sites along the river, from Shreveport to the Mississippi, with areas for camping, biking, hiking, boating and fishing.
Splash Kingdom Waterpark
7670 W. 70th St.
Shreveport, LA 71129
For family fun, this 20-acre water park has thrilling waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river and a kiddie pool.
The Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) department has three tennis centers. All have clinics available for players of varying skill levels and ages. There is a minimal fee for use of the facilities, and courts may be reserved up to two weeks in advance.
The Bill Cockrell Tennis Center, 4109 Pines Road (318-673-7790), features 10 courts and a pro shop. The Querbes Tennis Center, 3507 Beverly Place (318-673-7787), has six clay courts, hard courts, racquetball courts and a backboard complex with two mini courts. The Southern Hills Tennis Center, 1000 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop (318-673-7784), has 10 courts and a pro shop.
For more information, visit www.shreveportla.gov/index.aspx?NID=368.