Ouiska Chitto River (Whiskey Chitto River/Creek)

1.5 hours northwest of Lafayette via I-10 West and LA-26 West.

The Ouiska Chitto Creek (also known as Whisky Chitto Creek) is one of southwestern Louisiana’s most scenic waterways. The 86.4-mile-long spring-fed creek runs through Allen, Beauregard, and Vernon parishes before streaming into the Calcasieu River. 

The primary habitat surrounding this creek, made up of mixed pine-hardwood forest located on low, well-drained hills, is a draw for birds and birders alike. Typical bird species observed here include Wood Duck, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Egret, and White Ibis. Woodpeckers are plentiful, as are a diverse array of songbirds. 

The creek is very popular with paddlers and tubers, given that its crystalline, gently-flowing waters run through portions of the Kisatchie National Forest. Equipment rentals are available in the town of Mittle. Those with their own craft can launch from the ramp off LA Hwy 26 just outside town. Guided trips are also available from local outfitters, and the area can be used for picnicking, swimming, camping, and fishing. 

The river’s white beaches are popular sunbathing spots. The soft sand is composed primarily of quartz. The river’s waters come largely from underground springs, resulting in clear waters. 

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