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Buhlow Lake

Buhlow Lake is a popular destination near Pineville in Central Louisiana for various boating, racing, fishing and recreational activities. Built in 1956, it covers an area of 282 acres.

Buhlow Lake is located on the north side of Pineville, bounded on the south by U.S. Highways 165-71, and the Red River to the north.

Buhlow Lake is a popular fishing destination by both bank and boat fishermen. It has been stocked with channel catfish, but it is also known as a good spot to fish for bass and bream. It has no public piers, but the banks are generally clean, and anglers regularly fish from the banks.

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A boat launch site is located on the south side of the lake near Highways 165-71.

It has the distinction of being the location for several world outboard speed records. The lake is often called "The Fastest Lake in the USA".

Buhlow Lake and surrounding properties are owned by the State of Louisiana. The City of Pineville has a lease on the lake and properties, and holds various public events around the lake. These include a 4th of July fireworks celebrations, fishing tournaments, car shows, etc.

Boating, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, disc golfing and other recreational activities are popular around the lake. RV resorts, campgrounds, resorts, restaurants, and motels are all available in easy driving distance of Buhlow Lake.

Read more about Buhlow Lake at www.BuhlowLake.com

Other Area Lakes

In addition to Buhlow Lake, other bodies of water close to Pineville include the giant Catahoula Lake, Cocodrie Lake, Saline Lake, Cotile Lake, Williams Lake, Walker Lake, Hog Lake, Kincaid Lake, and others. Little River is located to the east of Pineville.

The Red River

The Red River of the South meanders 1,360 miles through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana before emptying into the Mississippi River. It forms the border between Texas and Oklahoma for significant distances.

The Red River has played key roles in Pineville through the decades, and centuries, through peaceful times and through the Civil War, through low stages of the river, and during floods.

A series of locks and dam built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have made the Red River navigable through Alexandria.

O.K. Allen Bridge
O.K. Allen Bridge

O.K. Allen Bridge

Construction of the two-lane K-truss type O. K. Allen Bridge between Alexandria and Pineville was completed in 1936, and named after Governor Oscar Kelley Allen, the 42nd Governor of Louisiana.

The length of the main span was an impressive 500 feet, and the total bridge length was 1,919.4 feet

Over the decades traffic levels have increased, to an average count of over 36,000 by 2010. The increased traffic, coupled with the bridge's narrow lanes, low vertical clearance, lack of shoulders, and age led to the decision by the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) to replace the structure with the new Coleman-Curtis Memorial Bridge now under construction.

The O.K. Allen Bridge bridge was imploded on September 26, 2015, as shown in the video below.

Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge

Work on the new 4-lane Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge to replace the old O.K. Allen Bridge began in early 2011, and will cost $82.8-million. Completion is planned for early 2016.

In addition to the river crossing at Fort Buhlow, the project has nearly 8,000 feet of four-lane divided roadway on the Pineville side of the river, with connections to several major local streets in Pineville.

Artist drawing of the new Fort Buhlow Bridge over the Red River between Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana
Artist drawing of the new bridge over the Red River between Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana

The new bridges will each have a minimum 40-foot clear roadway width and carry two lanes of traffic.  The main channel of the Red River will be bridged by a continuous steel girder unit consisting of spans of 300 feet, 400 feet and 300 feet for a total length of 1,000 feet.

The new steel spans will be built of weathering steel which does not require painting.  The approach spans will be constructed using 72” deep Bulb-T pre-stressed pre-cast concrete girders with the total length of bridge being 3,015 feet.

Included in the project is a 1,220-foot long bridge crossing the Kansas City Southern Railroad in front of "Rebel Hill" by Pineville High School's football stadium.

This will include new interchanges for better access to the Pineville Municipal Airport and Red River Waterway Recreation area.

 

Photograph of the New Bridge under Construction

Bridge construction, with the old O.K. Allen Bridge in the background (2012)

(photo courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Fort Buhlow Bridge construction, with the old O.K. Allen Bridge in the background (2012)

Historic Postcards of the Red River in Alexandria and Pineville in Louisiana

O. K. Allen Bridge over the Red River, connecting Pineville and Alexandria, Louisiana
O. K. Allen Bridge over the Red River, connecting Pineville and Alexandria, Louisiana
O. K. Allen Bridge over the Red River, connecting Pineville and Alexandria, Louisiana
O. K. Allen Bridge over the Red River, connecting Pineville and Alexandria, Louisiana

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