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Tensas Parish

Map of Tensas ParishThe Louisiana legislature created Tensas Parish on March 17, 1843.  Named for the Native American tribe that originally occupied the territory, DOTD Tourism Map of Tensas ParishTensas Parish encompasses 602 square miles.

Tensas Parish provides the visitor with an impressive variety of stops.  St. Joseph, the seat of justice in Tensas Parish, is a beautiful steamboat town.  Winter Quarters Plantation State Park provides a glimpse into the opulent life of antebellum planters in the delta region.  The 3,000-acre Lake Bruin State Park offers excellent fishing and beautiful scenery.  Finally, the parish has large wildlife management areas that provide excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing.

by Carl A. Brasseaux


Principle Towns


St. Joseph


Tensas Parish Tourism Commission

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Winter Quarters State Park (Newellton)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Lake Bruin State Park

Big Lake Wildlife Management Area

Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge


Tensas Parish Library

Tensas Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter