La Salle Parish
LaSalle Parish’s rural atmosphere invites visitors to get away from it all without having to travel all that far from the conveniences and cultural assets of Central Louisiana. In downtown Jena, the LaSalle Museum & Jena Cultural Center tells the story of the Native American peoples, early pioneers, farmers and lumbermen who called the area home and laid the foundation for today's communities that include the city of Olla, once the location of the antebellum resort of White Sulphur Springs. Today, most visitors come for outdoor recreation in LaSalle, which changes from hills of pine and hardwood forests in the north to a rich Mississippi River alluvial valley somewhere between Catahoula Lake and Saline Lake down in the southern end of the parish. The all-weather roads lacing the grounds of Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area, located on Catahoula Lake's shore provide especially good access to camping, hiking trails and boating.