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Ouachita Parish

Map of Ouachita ParishOuachita Parish was one of the nineteen original Louisiana parishes created by legislation signed into law on March 31, 1807.  Monroe, the seat of justice in Ouachita Parish, has traditionally been the economic and cultural center of northeastern Louisiana.

A host of cultural attractions can be found in Monroe and West Monroe.  DOTD Tourism Map of Ouachita ParishLayton Castle is an important north Louisiana architectural landmark, while the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens of Monroe features a nationally important collection of Coca Cola memorabilia.  The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, the Masur Museum of Art, the Aviation Historical Museum of Louisiana, and the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum are equally notable cultural attractions.

For a glimpse of life in years gone by, take a ride on the Twin City Queen steamboat, or, for entertainment at a faster pace, visit the Twin City Drag Race NHRA-approved racecourse.  Or, visit West Monroe's wonderful Antique Alley.

With such a variety of attractions, you are sure to find something of interest.  So make plans to visit and explore Ouachita Parish.

by Carl A. Brasseaux

Principle Towns


West Monroe

Ouachita Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

West Monroe Farmers’ Market

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

ULM's Museum of Natural History (Monroe)

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum (Monroe)

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Museum (Monroe)

Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana  (Monroe)

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens (Monroe)

Masur Museum of Art (Monroe)

Ouachita River Art Gallery (West Monroe)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area

Black Bayou Lake Natural Wildlife Reserve

D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge


Landry Vineyards (West Monroe)

Uncle Robert's Orchard (Monroe)

History of Ouachita Parish

Ouachita Parish Public Library

Ouachita Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter