Esther C. Vanderlick, Freeman, Earnest L. | 3/29/2005 3:37:17 AM
Avoyelles Parish, at the crossroads of Central Louisiana, takes its name from the Avoyelles Indians who inhabited the area. The Avoyelles were later absorbed by the Tunica-Biloxi tribe. The parish was settled by the French in 1725 and was later under Spanish rule.
The parish is in the center of the state and has a population of approximately 40,000. The land area consists of 864 square miles. Cropland and pasture account for 52 percent and woodlands for 34 percent of this area.
The parish has been traditionally known as a "Sportsman's Paradise" with abundant wildlife and fisheries. The parish has several state wildlife management areas including Spring Bayou, Pomme de Terre and Grassy Lake. We also have Lake Ophelia and Grand Cote Nation Wildlife refuges.
Avoyelles Parish has a rich history and many historical cites. There are many festivals every year to celebrate this history.
Avoyelles has a diverse economy that involves agriculture, manufacturing, forestry and tourism. The LSU AgCenter staff works with all segments of the parish population and economy to help provide for a brighter future for all.
Tourism and places of interest in Avoyelles Parish and Louisiana
Avoyelles Parish Police Jury
Avoyelles Parish School Board
Commission of Tourism
Marksville State Commemorative Area
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Louisiana State Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands (Recreation Gov)
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture