Play area at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area in Pineville, Louisiana

The Fort Buhlow Recreation Area is nestled between Buhlow Lake and the Red River. Access to this area is via the Lake Buhlow Road past the Pineville Airport.

The recreation area is operated by the Red River Waterway Commission.

Features and Facilities at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area

  • three lane boat launch
  • boat dock
  • picnic shelters, tables and grills
  • hiking trails
  • cross country course
  • playground
  • parking
  • comfort stations
  • lighted ballfield, bleachers, scoreboard, concession stand, press box
  • disc golf courses

It is a popular venue for many sports, from bass fishing in the Red River to cross-country track events to disc golf tournaments. For example, the Louisiana D.A.R.E Officers Association’s (LDOA) 5K in support of the Buddy Camp, and the Running Man Dash, have been held at the recreation area.

Fort Buhlow Disc Golf Courses

Visitors to Buhlow Recreation Area can take advantage of two woodland disc golf courses. Although shaded by surrounding forest, the fairways are kept trimmed and neat.

Current Red River stage at Alexandria
Red River Waterway Commission News Release 03/11/2016:
Status of Red River boat ramps

The Gold 6,483' course contains a number of longer holes including an 846', par 5, along with forested, tunnel holes, and has more elevation than the Purple course.

The courses have been the site of the two-day Louisiana State Disc Golf Championship Tournament, and the Red River Rendezvous Tournament.

Other nearby disc golf courses are located at Louisiana College and Kees Park in Pineville, Martin Park in Alexandria across the Red River, and at the sports complex in Olla, Louisiana.

Scene on the Purple Course at the Disc Golf Course at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area
Scene on the Purple Course at the Disc Golf Course at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area

Bass Tournaments

Various fishing tournaments are held starting at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area from time to time.

For example, the top anglers from the Oklahoma, Louisiana South, Louisiana North, East Texas, and Southeast Texas divisions of the ABA Weekend Bass Series traveled to Pineville for the ABA Weekend Bass Series South Central Regional Championship in October of 2014.

For More Information

For additional information on the recreation area, we recommend a visit to the website of the Red River Waterway Commission.