Cane River Queen

Take a leisurely cruise aboard the Cane River Queen. The red, white and blue vessel meanders along the tranquil waters of Cane River Lake. Groups/special events welcome.

Country Lanes Bowling Center

Country Lanes Bowling Center is a 26 lanes center that has been family owned and operated since 1985. With Brunswick Machines, Wood Lanes, a great family entertainment attitude and a professional, attentive staff. Country Lanes Bowling Center delivers the best bowling experience around. 

Now offering a golf simulator. Call for reservations.

Hours of Operation (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays):

Monday & Thursday: 5 pm - 10pm 
Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - Midnight, Glow Bowling 10 pm - Midnight
Sunday: 2 pm - 10 pm

Natchitoches Shooting Range

Open to the Public

Wed-Fri: 2pm to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday: 2pm to 8pm

Natchitoches Skating Center

Natchitoches Skating Rink - a place for people to have fun and create memories. 

Hours of Operations:​
Fridays - 7-11pm
Saturday - 1-5pm
Saturday - 7-11pm
Sundays - 4-8pm

Northwestern Hills Golf Course

The 18-hole “Demon Hills” course at the Northwestern Hills Golf Course facility in Natchitoches, Louisiana features all the hallmarks of Louisiana golf. Northwestern Hills golf course opened in 1981.  and is operated by NSU. This beautiful 18-hole golf course is located on rolling hills and includes many water hazards, making each round of golf a challenging experience.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday - 7:30am-Dusk
No tee time required!

William W. Ackel manages the course as the General Manager

NSU Recreation Complex Pool

The Recreation Complex is proud to feature an Olympic-size swimming pool. It is open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. The pool includes space for recreational and lap swimming. A spacious deck with lounge chairs surrounds the pool. The pool is operational during the warm months.

Hours of Operation:
Summer Months
Tuesday-Sunday: 2:00pm-7:00pm

Fall Months*
Tuesday-Sunday: 3:00pm-6:00pm

*Early closure for Student Activities will be posted.

NSU Recreation Complex Tennis

The Recreation Complex offers four tennis courts for recreational play.  The tennis courts are free and open to the general public all year.

Hours of Operation:


U.S. Fish Hatchery

The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery features sixteen tanks of native fish species highlighting river habitats from the South Eastern United States. The station is involved in spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish to restore natural populations.

The Hatchery is a warm water center concerned with spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish, called fingerlings. The fingerlings are raised to a size and age which offers them the best chance at survival in the wild.