The Ouiska Chitto (also known as the Whiskey Chitto) is one of Louisiana's most scenic waterways. It begins near the southern boundary of Fort Polk, in Vernon Parish, and meanders for some 70 miles through Vernon, Beauregard and Allen parishes before entering the Calcasieu River. Sandy beaches and a gently-flowing stream with white quartz sandbars characterize the river. It flows through portions of the Kisatchie National Forest and passes several historic sites. The area is attractive not only for paddling but also picnicking, swimming, camping and fishing. The habitat surrounding this creek is mixed pine-hardwood forest of various ages located on low, well-drained hills. The waterway affords views of wildlife, including deer, turkeys, raccoons and other animals, as well as livestock such as cattle. Canoeing is absolutely the most popular activity, and for good reason! Guided canoe trips are available through private canoe rental companies located in nearby communities. The creek is about a two-hour drive from Lafayette. For more information contact the Allen Parish Tourist Commission in Oberlin at 888-639-4868 or 337-639-4868.