Places in Morehouse Parish
Bonita Museum – This was originally the medical office of Dr. M. Owens and was donated to Bonita to keep part of the history of the area alive. The museum is filled with a bit of history from each family in Bonita. It is shown by appointment only by calling 318-823-2811. The museum is located at 15466 Bonita Avenue, which is next door to Bonita Town Hall.
Bussey Brake Reservoir – This is a 2,228 acre reservoir built and owned by International Paper. It was opened to the public in 1960 and is stocked with bass, white perch, brim and catfish. There is a boat launch and docks to fish from.
Chemin-A-Haut State Park – Chemin-A-Haut, French for “high road”, is a 503 acre park and has top notch facilities that can be used year round. Enjoy their camping facilities or rent one of their many cabins that accommodate groups of varying sizes. The cabins overlook the scenic cypress trees and hanging Spanish moss of Bayou Bartholomew. In fact, you will find some of the oldest and largest cypress trees in the United States located here. You can walk along the new walking trails, fish, have a cookout, swim, bike ride, enjoy the horse riding trails or just simply relax and take in the view. There’s something for the whole family. Located at 14656 State Park Road in Bastrop. They may be reached at 318-283-0812.
Collinston Museum – The museum was founded in 2004 and contains many artifacts donated from citizens and former citizens of Collinston. The museum also includes an old building that was originally a doctor’s office and has old memorabilia and furnishings.
Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge – Located on the Cooper Lake Road, just 6 miles north of Bastrop is an observation deck that overlooks 20,000 acres of hills and valleys full of wildlife.
Hometown Louisiana Arts & Crafts – Sponsored by Bastrop Main Street, this festival is held the 1st Saturday of each November. The juried art/craft show is held at the Morehouse Activity Center (the MAC) located on Marlatt Street (behind the Fairgrounds) in Bastrop. Call 318-281-0911 for information on renting booth space.
Hunting and Fishing – Morehouse Parish is the 5th largest duck hunting location in the United States. We also offer a unique array of other outdoor sports, including fishing, deer, dove, rabbit and squirrel hunting.
Kalorama – This nature preserve is located at 7197 Collinston Road in Collinston. The home (built as a summer home by William B. Reily in 1927 who manufactured Luzianne coffee and tea) and a 37 acre site provides the opportunity to explore the natural habitat of area wildlife. It is open by appointment only and is a must see for nature enthusiasts. Call 318-874-7777 for more information.
Mer Rouge Murals – Stroll down the boulevard in downtown Mer Rouge (just 7 miles north of Bastrop and Hwy. 165N) and view the magnificent large murals painted on the outside walls of the old buildings. Each of the murals depicts the history of Mer Rouge. While in town, be sure to visit the Country Cream and have some of the famous ice-cream and hotdogs.
Morehouse Activity Center – This $4 million facility that opened in 2011 consists of a regulation-size covered arena with an adjoining building for 200 horse stalls and cattle pens. The facility also includes bucking and roping chutes, restrooms, shower facilities, concession stands, seating for 1,500 people and 25 camper/trailer hook-ups. The MAC is ideally suited for events such as rodeos, barrel runs, team roping, horse shows, cattle exhibits, etc. In addition, the facility is used for tractor pulls, circuses, musical productions and arts and crafts shows. For more information on events or booking of the facility, visit www.morehouseactivitycenter.com or call 318-281-3164.
North Louisiana Cotton Festival and Fair – Morehouse Parish is the proud host of the annual fair that is held in the fall each year. People from within the parish and the surrounding parishes flock here each year for good old family fun. Come enjoy the rides, games, music, exhibits and food! In addition to the yearly fair, this North Louisiana Cotton Festival Association also hosts the Crawfest Festival, which is held in April or May of each year.
Rose Theatre – The Rose is one of Bastrop’s most intriguing historical landmarks and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. It was built in 1927 on the Courthouse Square as a venue for traveling vaudeville shows and silent movies. It was later converted to a movie theatre and then closed in the 1970’s. The Rose reopened its doors in 1986 after a massive renovation and is now a stage theatre. The Rose is located at 102 East Jefferson Avenue in Bastrop and may be reached at 318-283-0120.
Simmons Sporting Goods Store – Located at 918 North Washington in Bastrop, Simmons is the south’s largest independently owned sporting goods store. Browse 70,000 square feet of pure shopping bliss of sporting goods.
Snyder Museum – Located on beautiful landscaped grounds, the Snyder was built in 1929 as the home of Charles Snyder, a prominent businessman. Now a museum, it showcases local art, artifacts of the south and Indian artifacts. Special exhibits are held throughout the year. The Snyder Museum is located at 1610 E. Madison in Bastrop and may be reached by calling 318-281-8760.
Starr Homeplace Heritage and Creativity Center Community Days – Starr Homeplace is a museum of numerous buildings and collections and offers something for almost every interest. Not only is this a place of looking, but is also a place for hands-on learning and doing and where creativity, skill and craftsmanship can be discovered and shared. Events are held the 2nd Saturday of each month (April-October) beginning at 8:00 a.m. Call 318-244-5700 for more information and for visiting at other times by appointment. Starr Homeplace is 2 miles north of Oak Ridge on La 133/US425.