Tensas Parish, located in northeastern Louisiana, is nestled along the bends of the mighty Mississippi River and is home to five large, natural lakes, Lake Bruin, Brushy Lake, Yucatan Lake, Lake St. Joseph, and Lake St. John. Lake Bruin, our recreational hub, is located five miles north of historic downtown St. Joseph and is a sought after haven for fishermen, hunters, horseback riders, golfers, aviation enthusiasts, as well as for those who enjoy water sports and living near the water. Lake Bruin is approximately 18 miles in length, 1 mile wide and in some places over 65 feet deep. The lake is furnished with fresh water channeled from a massive water shed and from seepage water coming from the Mississippi River. In recent years, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has ranked Lake Bruin as the cleanest lake in the state of Louisiana, with no fishing advisories to date.
One of the best fishing lakes in northeast Louisiana is Lake St. Joseph, parts of which are located within the Town of Newellton. At one time 15 great antebellum homes stood along the banks of Lake St. Joseph. Sarah Dorsey, wife of Samuel Dorsey who was the owner of Elk Ride Plantation of these banks, and a signer of Louisiana’s Secession from the United States, wrote in her “Recollection of Henry Watkins Allen” (Louisiana’s Governor of the Confederacy) about the swans that swam the waters of the lake, placed there by the wealthy plantation owners, and the fabulous dinner parties and house parties in these mansions, as well as the hunting parties on the lake’s borders. Mrs. Dorsey bequeathed her Elk Ridge Plantation as well as her summer home on the Gulf, “Beauvoir” to Jefferson Davis.
Tensas Parish is rich in history, recreation and southern charm, come see what we’ve got!