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J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

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History, navigation and exploration on the Red River

This modernistic boat-shaped building (look real close and squint to see the "boat shape") has an... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2014
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Small Center for a Quick Visit

We enjoyed the film and learned something about the Red River. The displays were well done, but... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2018
Joplin, Missouri
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good16%
  • Average51%
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21 Mar 2018
“Small Center for a Quick Visit”
5 Mar 2018
“Nice staff but little information”
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700 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101-3627
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

We enjoyed the film and learned something about the Red River. The displays were well done, but the information was limited. If you want a place to sit and learn or want just a bit of history, this was a nice place with friendly staff.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank grandma80401
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Was hoping to find information on a river cruise that starts right across the road from here but no one knew anything about it. Not much literature to look at about the area, but nice, clean space to use the bathroom and the people were...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Diedre C
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

It was located right across the street from the Children and Science Museum so we figured hey why not. The staff was very helpful, but it was hot as a dickens inside the building. Neat and quick visit overall though.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Walter W
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

If in the area, drop in for 20 minutes but Nothing dramatically unique .... nothing you can't miss.... simple, sterile & clean as expected from a federal government visitor center.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sweerek
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This was a very interesting place and the man that was giving us a tour of the visitor center was from the area and knew what he was talking about. You learned that the river at one time had a 160 mile log jam. The...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Gillum S
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Our family was passing through on our way to Alabama and this was a perfect little rest stop to stretch our legs, take a modified tour of the Red River, and use clean restrooms! Mr. Sumrall (park ranger) was so kind to our family and...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank D_K_Breed
Reviewed 28 May 2016

This a free visitor center with a very good film about the Red River. The exhibits are probably only okay tho. Unfortunately, the one person staff was sick and a lady tried to turn the lights on but was only partially successful. She was very...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank jephm
Reviewed 7 December 2014

This museum gives you a very quick view of the history of the Red River, from DeSoto to the present. Without beating a dead horse, it shows the the challenges overcome, from Spanish opposition to log jams/dams, to soft bottoms and swift currents that constantly...More

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank RobertWLindner
Reviewed 19 October 2014

This modernistic boat-shaped building (look real close and squint to see the "boat shape") has an auditorium, where one should view the 12-minute video presentation, to set the stage for looking at the exhibits in the other end of the not-too-large building. The visitor center...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank WYbirdwatcher
Reviewed 13 September 2014

Talking to the Lead Ranger, they are in the process of making lots of new improvement to both inside and outside the building and improving the displays and tours of what they have inside. If you are looking for somewhere to take your Girl Scouts...More

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank Richard B
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