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Caney Lakes Recreation Area is located north of Minden in northwestern Louisiana. The area has two lakes – Upper and Lower Caney, which together cover 350 acres. Lower Caney is bigger, more popular and much more visited. The area forms a part of the Kisatchie National Forest, which offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, bicycling, camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, and hunting. The area is surrounded by green wooded hills, and the shoreline, which is easily accessible,, is intersected by a number of hiking trails. The most popular is the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail, which winds around Lower Caney. There are still working cotton plantations around the lakes. The lake occasionally becomes overgrown with the imported and invasive Giant Salvinia fern, which tends to choke the lakes and reduce their water level.
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