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Last Modified: September 12, 2008Cross Lake

Cross Lake is one of the largest lakes in northwestern Louisiana and it provides the water supply for the City of Shreveport. Because of its critically important function, Cross Lake is owned by the City and its use is subject to many city ordinances and regulations in order to protect the water and its surrounding environment including the alligators, waterfowl, and the entire ecosystem of supporting wildlife. Moss covered cypress trees interspersed with boat docks line the banks of this beautiful 8,575 acre lake where fishing and boating are the most popular sports. Largemouth bass, bream, white perch, and catfish are the main attractions for anglers who can also find bluegill and red ear sunfish. Because of Cross Lake’s large size, sailing, motor boating, and water skiing is allowed provided that boats obtain permits from the Cross Lake Patrol Office on South Lakeshore Drive.  

Cross Lake is one of the best places for sailing in northwest Louisiana

Cross Lake is relatively shallow with an average depth of about 10 ft. and winds are often light and steady so it is ideal for small sailboats. Waterskiing, swimming, and surf-sailing are allowed between the hours of sunrise and sunset, and swimming is allowed within 30 ft. of a pier, boat or boathouse. The Shreveport Yacht Club located at 2905 Municipal Pier Rd. on the banks of Cross Lake provides sailing education classes and conducts a special Summer Youth Sailing Camp for children. There are many locations from which boats can be launched but the most popular one is the city owned ramp on South Lakeshore Drive because no boat ramp fee is charged there. The Municipal Pier and Boat Launch is another public boat launching facility located at 2900 Municipal Pier Road. Cross Lake also has two public park areas.