Catahoula Lake is private land

Third Circuit upholds lower court decision

On December 28 the Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision to privatize Catahoula Lake, meaning the lake is no longer a public hunting area.

The appellate court ruled in favor of 9th Judicial District Court (Rapides Parish) Ad Hoc Judge James H. Boddie Jr.’s decision on May 16, 2016 that landowners surrounding the lake actually own the majority of what is known as Catahoula Lake since the lake is “manmade.”

The trial in 2016 of the Crooks vs State lawsuit was very extensive and lasted for a long time before the decision was rendered. LaSalle Parish residents Steve and Era Crooks filed the class action lawsuit against the State of Louisiana on May 6, 2006 but it took over ten years to make it to trial.


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