The US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is located at Grand Ecore, a small community about four miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and commands a panoramic view from a bluff 80 feet above the Red River. The Visitor Center displays exhibits which educates and informs the public about the Water and the Corps of Engineers’ role in development, preservation, and enhancement of the water resources in the region, as well as the geology, paleontology, and Native American cultures of the region.
Grand Ecore is also known for the role it played during the Civil War as a Confederate outpost guarding the Red River from Union advancement. Exhibits and outdoor interpretive areas highlight these activities along the river and adjacent areas. An interactive video highlights prominent individuals who helped shape and develop Natchitoches and the Red River Basin.
Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a cooperative agreement on Monday, November 9, 2015 to operate the Grand Ecore Visitor Center (GEVC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Under the new agreement, CRNHA will assist the Corps in daily operations and staffing of the Grand Ecore Visitor Center, create community outreach and educational programs, improve interpretive services, and enhance the marketing and heritage tourism initiatives of the site.
Grand Ecore Visitor Center
J. Bennett Johnston Waterway
106 Tauzin Island Road
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
Hours of operation: Wednesday-Friday 10-4; Saturday & Sunday, 10–5; Closed Monday & Tuesday