In 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps operated three practice bombing ranges within the Kisatchie National Forest. These ranges, known as Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges Numbers 1, 2 and 3 or the Winfield Bombing Ranges, were associated with Barksdale Air Force Base. Pilots conducted bombing practice at these ranges using practice bombs containing spotting charges until 1946.
The former Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges are located in Bienville, Natchitoches and Winn parishes, Louisiana. Most of these ranges are part of the Kisatchie National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This forest is used for logging and recreational purposes such as hiking, fishing, hunting and off-roading. Small portions of ranges 1 and 2 are privately owned.
Because explosive hazards associated with military munitions from past military training may remain on the former Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges Numbers 1, 2 and 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends that landowners and visitors follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety – Recognize, Retreat, and Report.
To download or print this information, open the Kisatchie Bomb Targets, Kisatchie Precision Bombing Range Nos. 1, 2, and 3 Safety Guide in PDF format.