Marksville is over 190 years old and is located on LA Highway 1, the most scenic north-south route through Louisiana. Marksville is situated near the confluence of the Atchafalaya, Mississippi and Red Rivers. Our city is home to one of the earliest Native American civilizations yet discovered in the United States – the Tunica Biloxi Indians.

We have the longest continuing July 4th Celebration in the state – 50 years and continuing. In 2012, the Arts Council and many community volunteers coordinated the first of many 4th of July festivals bringing live music, crafts and local artists to Marksville. Join us on the 4th for mid-summer fun.

Every Easter Sunday morning, a unique and annual event begins on the courthouse square in downtown Marksville. Our annual Easter Egg Knocking Contest joins citizens with friends and relatives from throughout the United States to “knock eggs.” The eggs, hard-boiled and dyed in bright Easter colors, are entered into various contests. Chicken, duck, turkey, guinea and any other egg available can be entered, provided there is competition in those particular categories. The contest is one of elimination in each division and cash prizes are awarded. Marksville has received state, national and international recognition for this unique contest. Come knock with us!

Our Lakes, Bayous and Rivers

Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area is a 12,166 acre hunting and fishing paradise. This state wildlife preserve features two boat launching areas with camper connections and is home to most indigenous wildlife of Louisiana. One can see alligators, water birds and more. It is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Hunting and fishing are some of the best in the state.

Lake Ophelia and Grand Cote National Wildlife Preserves are federally supported wildlife refuges and home to Louisiana wildlife. Lake Ophelia has an American Bald Eagle population that can be observed.

Swamp tours are available by calling:
Abe Mattox, Spring Bayou Tours & Ironworks – (318) 253-5502
Spring Bayou Boat Tours – (318) 305-5893