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Rock Chapel
1746 Smithport Lake Road
Mansfield, LA 71052
Rock Chapel DeSoto Parish


Construction on Rock Chapel began in 1891 by monks who lived in the nearby Carmelite monastery.  Stones from the surrounding area were joined together with mud plaster.  The walls were painted with frescoes and the ceiling with murals done by two monks from France.  The Chapel was used as a retreat for the monks.  It also was a site for weddings, Easter services and other celebrations.   There’s No Chapel In The World Like This One In Louisiana.  Enjoy a video tour of Rock Chapel.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church is the current caretaker of the Rock Chapel. The office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Their phone number is 318-872-1158. We ask that anyone wishing to have an event at the Chapel to contact the church. Email is stjoseph@nwcable.net.

The address is 1746 Smithport Lake Rd in Mansfield, LA but it's actually considered Carmel.  

From 171 South: Take Hwy 171 into Mansfield and continue through into the intersection.  Continue on 171 and turn right at next red light (Polk Street/Hwy 84). As soon as you cross the railroad tracks you will take a left at the next red light. (Hwy 509). You turn right off Hwy 509 onto Carmel Loop by Blackmon Trailers which will be on your left.  You will see Laffitte Store on the left.  You will veer right (Smithport Lake) and go about a mile down.  You will see Immaculate Conception Church on the left.  The gate is just beside the church.  Follow the road through the peaceful woods and enjoy your visit.

From I-49: Take Exit 177 (Hwy 509)/Carmel Exit) Turn left onto Carmel Loop and follow above directions.

Thanks again and we hope you enjoy your visit.  Let us know if there is any other way we can help you.  Email DesotoTourism@gmail.com