Welcome to Pineville Louisiana ... home of Fort Buhlow LakeWelcome to Pineville, Louisiana:
Home of Buhlow Lake

An important part of Central Louisiana, or CenLA, is the City of Pineville, located to the east of Alexandria across the Red River. Pineville serves as the business and retail center for a number of small, surrounding communities such as Tioga, Ball, Libuse, Paradise, Holloway, Buckeye, Deville, Pollock, Bentley, Fishville, Kolin, and many others.

Pineville today has a variety of shopping centers, banks, medical facilities, hotels, and national chain retail stores to serve its residents and visitors.

Buhlow Lake and surrounding properties are owned by the State of Louisiana. The City of Pineville has a lease on the lake and properties.

Pineville Tourism

In addition to Buhlow Lake, other bodies of water close to Pineville include the giant Catahoula Lake, Cocodrie Lake, Saline Lake, Cotile Lake, Williams Lake, Little River, Walker Lake, Hog Lake, Kincaid Lake, and others. In addition, the Red River in downtown Pineville has become a popular spot for boating, fishing, hiking and walking.

Pineville is home to the Old Town Hall Museum, the only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government. Visit the City of Pineville's web site for more information about the museum.

The Louisiana Maneuvers Museum tells the story of the massive army maneuvers that prepared the United States for World War II and was centered on several army camps in the Pineville area.

Located on the Red River in downtown Pineville, the Forts Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site includes a visitor center with exhibits on the Civil War Red River Campaign, an elevated boardwalk around the fort area, with an overlook near the Bailey's Dam site, and an open field for Civil War re-enactments. Forts Randolph & Buhlow were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Korean War Memorial, Kees Park, Pineville, LouisianaKorean War Memorial, Kees Park
Pineville, Louisiana

Pineville is also the site for the Louisiana Korean War Memorial, at Kees Park. The "Freedom Is Not Free" memorial was erected and maintained by Crossroads Chapter 205 of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Just northeast of Pineville is located the Maryhill Renewal Center, the site of Camp Maryhill and the famous "Star of the Sea" boat house on its lake.

Pineville History

Pineville's history dates back 275 years, and the city has retained many historic buildings dating to the late 1800s. It is also the site of several significant and historic cemeteries some of which date to the 1700s.

Pineville Landmarks and Institutions

Pineville today is the home of several large, well known institutions, including Louisiana College, a 4-year college opened in 1906. The college is located on an 81-acre campus with a total of twenty-five academic and residential buildings. It is a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs, and has an enrollment near 1,500 students.

Historic Rapides Cemetery, Pineville
Historic Rapides Cemetery, Pineville

The Alexandria National Cemetery, located in Pineville on East Shamrock Street just off Main Street, was established in 1867 to offer a permanent place of rest for the many Union soldiers who died in Central Louisiana from wounds and disease during the Civil War. It later took in the remains of veterans from other conflicts, including many from the Indian Wars in Texas.

Other sites includes Huey Long Hospital, Central Louisiana State Hospital, the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, a National Cemetery, the Pinecrest Supports and Services Center, and more.

Pineville High School, established in 1952, has a long-standing reputation for high quality education, and is supported by a large alumni base dedicated to promoting and preserving the heritage and pride of the school via the PHS Alumni Association. Situated just south of Fort Buhlow Lake, and adjacent to the former site of Sandy Canyon, the school serves the needs of an every-growing population.

Interactive Map of the Pineville Area


More Information about Pineville

Pineville Louisiana Museum on Main Street
Old Town Hall Museum, Pineville

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