Wildlife

Camp Beauregard

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana National Guard
Acreage: 
12,500 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Description:
Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area is primarily located in northeast Rapides Parish with some acreage in southeast Grant Parish. The area lies approximately eight miles north of Alexandria.
Camp Beauregard is 12,500 acres and is owned by the Louisiana National Guard. The primary use is as a troop training facility. The Louisiana National Guard also manages the timber for commercial production.
The terrain is characterized by gently rolling hills in the upland areas. The Flagon Creek bottom is a frequently flooded hardwood area of about 800 acres. The upland overstory is dominated by pine plantations. There are scattered hardwoods in the hills. Water oak, post oak, hickory, red oak and sweetgum are the most common species in creek bottom areas. The Flagon bottom is a typical bottomland forest with cypress, overcup oak and bitter pecan the dominant overstory species.
The understory development in the upland area varies considerably depending on the degree of overstory closure. Some plantations that have not been recently thinned have little if any understory. Those areas with good understory development support French mulberry, blackberry, greenbrier, yaupon, trumpet creeper, rattan and other browse plants. The Flagon bottom has swamp privet, water elm, mayhaw and swamp snowbell as the more common understory plants.
Game species available for hunting include squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbits, quail, dove, wood duck and woodcock. The only endangered species known to occur on the area is the red-cockaded woodpecker. However, at this time no known active colonies are present.
The areas first function is as a military reservation, therefore there are special regulations applying to use of Camp Beauregard WMA. An annual permit is required as is checking in and out of self-clearing stations on a daily basis. Limited camping is allowed by reservation only. Call (318) 641-3365 for questions about camping. General information is available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1995 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA 71360.

Buckhorn

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
11,262 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044
Map: 

Overview:

Size, Location and History

Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area consists of 11,262 acres located 14 miles west of St. Joseph, La. Major access routes to Buckhorn WMA are Louisiana Highways 4, and 128, and parish roads such as Clydesdale Road and Honeysuckle Lane provide additional access. The majority of the area, approximately 8,900 acres, was purchased by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries around 1995. Between 2001 and 2003, approximately 2,362 acres of cultivated farmland were added to the WMA. The majority of this acquisition has been reforested with a portion managed as wetlands.  

Description of Landscape:

The topography is characterized by undulating ridges and swales, with elevations ranging from 50 to 70 feet M.S.L. Six small bayous flow through the area, providing approximately 13 miles of waterways. Six small lakes, approximately 200 acres, are located on Buckhorn WMA and all are subject to backwater flooding from the Tensas River. All of these lakes and bayous receive turbid runoff from the surrounding agricultural areas.

The predominant tree species are willow oak, Nuttall oak, water oak, sweetgum, green ash, persimmon, sugarberry, honey locust, overcup oak, sweet and bitter pecan, elm, cypress, and tupelo gum. The understory is extremely dense in nearly all locations, species include palmetto, switchcane, rattan, Rubus sp., Crataegus sp., buttonbush, swamp dogwood, Vitis sp., deciduous holly, Smilax sp., baccharis, poison ivy, and many herbaceous species. Invasive species include trifoliate orange, cattail, water hyacinth, and several other nuisance aquatics.

The most popular game species is white-tailed deer, squirrels/rabbits, with some waterfowl hunting available.  Woodcock, snipe, and raccoon hunting opportunities are also available. Freshwater fish including largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular with area users, but fishing opportunity is limited by lack of available aquatic habitat.

The Louisiana Black Bear frequents this area and reported sightings and nuisance complaints received from adjacent private landowners are on the increase. Black Bear research is ongoing at Buckhorn WMA.

Bald Eagles are observed frequently on this area and nesting is documented in the surrounding area.

Buckhorn WMA is visited by many neo-tropical and shorebird bird species annually and home to large numbers of passerine and wading birds. The areas managed for waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds along with the sloughs and waterways offer excellent waterfowl hunting and viewing opportunity. The American Bird Conservancy has recognized Buckhorn WMA in its Important Birding Areas Program.

Public Use:

The largest user group of this area is deer hunters. The Department maintains a system of all-weather gravel roads and several ATV trails that provide access to area users. Several walking trails follow pipelines rights-of-way. Boat launches are available on most area lakes. Four permit stations located at major entrances to the area are provided to meet self-clearance requirements. No camping areas are available on Buckhorn WMA. The one and one-half mile Brushy Lake Nature Trail located adjacent to the Clydesdale Road provides a unique opportunity for nature lovers to enjoy both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the bottomland hardwoods ecosystem.

Other Public Use:

Please refer to the WMA rules and regulations for permitted activities. In addition to hunting, trapping, and fishing other common activities include boating, commercial fishing, hiking, birding/sightseeing, horseback riding, berry picking, frogging, raccoon field trials, and crayfishing. A recreational lottery for alligators is allowed each year also.

Additional information may be obtained from LDWF, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Regulations:

Buckhorn (Department Owned – 11,262 Acres, Monroe Office)

 

Boeuf

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
50,971 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044
Map: 

Overview:

Size, Location and History

Boeuf Wildlife Management Area consists of 50,971 acres located 10 miles southeast of Columbia, La. Major access routes to Boeuf WMA are Louisiana Highways 4, 559, 133 and 848. The majority of the area was purchased by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries through the Conservation Fund in three components between 1977 and 1981 totaling 38,444 acres. The Tensas Delta Tract was purchased through the State Duck Stamp Fund and a purchase agreement with TDLC between 1993 and 1998 and totaled approximately 10,000 acres. The remaining acreage, The Topan Tract, was purchased in mid-2000.

Description of Landscape:

The topography is flat and poorly drained with numerous backwater lakes, sloughs, and bayous. The majority of this area is subject to frequent flooding from Boeuf River and Bayou LaFourche. Boeuf River is the only stream and borders the eastern boundary of the management area for approximately 47 miles. Eight bayous are located on the area and their combined length encompasses approximately 30 miles of waterways. There are 26 lakes located on this area totaling approximately 1800 acres. All lakes and bayous at Boeuf are subject to annual overflow. A large portion of Boeuf WMA consists of prior-converted farmland that has been partially reforested in bottomland hardwoods and approximately 4000 acres along with an 1800 acre greentree reservoir are managed extensively in moist soil and shallow water for waterfowl and shorebirds.

The forest overstory is a relatively closed stand of mixed bottomland hardwoods. On the higher elevations the predominant tree species are willow oak, Nuttall oak, post oak, cedar elm, sweetgum, green ash, persimmon, and honey locust. Important species in the lower elevations are overcup oak, bitter pecan, cypress, and tupelo gum. Understory species include rattan, Rubus sp., Crataegus sp., swamp dogwood, Vitis sp., deciduous holly, Smilax sp., baccharis, poison ivy, and many herbaceous species. Invasive species include several nuisance aquatics.

The most popular game species are white-tailed deer, waterfowl, squirrels/rabbits, and turkey.  Dove, woodcock, and snipe hunting opportunities are also available. Several dove fields, planted annually in brown-top millet are available to area users. Freshwater fish including largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular with area users.

The Louisiana Black Bear frequents this area and reported sightings are on the increase.

Bald Eagles are observed frequently on this area and nesting is documented in the surrounding area.

Boeuf WMA is visited by many neo-tropical and shorebird bird species annually and home to large numbers of passerine and wading birds. The areas managed for waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds along with the numerous sloughs and waterways offer excellent waterfowl hunting and viewing opportunity.

Public Use:

The largest user group of this area is deer hunters with waterfowl and squirrel hunters following closely. The Department maintains a system of all-weather gravel roads and numerous ATV trails that provide access to area users. Several walking trails follow pipelines rights-of-way. Boat launches are available on most area lakes. Seven permit stations located at major entrances to the area are provided to meet self-clearance requirements. Three primitive camping areas are available on Boeuf WMA. The three-fourths mile Bayou Crew Nature Trail is located in the interior of the area and Bucks Brake located in the Hebert area contains a rookery that provides resting and nesting habitat for many species of wading birds, egrets, and woodducks that may be viewed in large numbers.

Other Public Use:

Please refer to the WMA rules and regulations for permitted activities. In addition to hunting, trapping, and fishing other common activities include boating, commercial fishing, hiking, birding/sightseeing, horseback riding, berry picking, frogging, raccoon field trials, and crayfishing. A recreational lottery for alligators is allowed each year also.

Additional information may be obtained from LDWF, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Regulations:

B0euf (Department Owned – 50,971 Acres, Monroe Office)

 

Bodcau

Information
Owned: 
USACOE
Acreage: 
34,355 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Description:
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area is located in Bossier and Webster Parishes and derives its name from the major bayou that bisects it from its northernmost point at the Arkansas-Louisiana state line to its southernmost tip nearly 30 miles to the south. The area is located approximately 17 miles northeast of Bossier City. Numerous access routes to Bodcau WMA are available. The primary access to the area is by traveling north on La. Hwy. 157 from Interstate 20 at Haughton to the community of Bellevue and then following the signs. ATV activity is permitted on numerous marked trails.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and a private corporate landowner own Bodcau WMA. The area is long and narrow with an average width of one and one-half miles and consists of approximately 34,355 acres. The dam and flood reservoir were built and their primary function remains to control downstream flooding. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with the U. S. Corps of Engineers and the corporate landowner by way of long term licensing agreements manage the wildlife resources and public access on the area.
The area contains a wide range of wildlife habitat ranging from cypress swamps to upland pine and hardwood forests interspersed with grasslands and open fields. Many species of grasses and forbs that are typically found in states west of Louisiana can be found growing in the grassland areas. There are numerous seasonally flooded sloughs, beaver ponds, and large areas of flatland, bottomland, hardwood forests. One unique feature of the area is that the bottomland forest rapidly merges with the upland forest on a series of ridges that extend into the bottomland area.
Dominate tree species in the bottomland forests include bald cypress, water, overcup, willow, and cow oaks. Shortleaf and loblolly pine, white, red, and cherrybark oaks, sweetgum and elm trees dominate upland forests. Understory species in the bottomland area include poison ivy, honeysuckle, rattan, buttonbush and swamp privet. Upland understory species include blackberry, honeysuckle, poison ivy and beautyberry and sawbriar.
Ivan Lake, a man-made reservoir located on Bodcau WMA provides thousands of hours of fishing and small boating recreation. Bodcau Bayou and its? overflow can provide excellent bass and bream fishing in addition to crawfishing opportunities during certain years.
White-tailed deer can be hunted by bow and arrow and modern firearms. The deer herd is considered healthy. Squirrel, rabbits, doves, quail and all other species of small game hunting opportunities exist on Bodcau WMA. Waterfowl hunting opportunities are provided in the 1,600 acre greentree reservoir and in the numerous sloughs and backwater flooded areas. Wild turkey hunting is also allowed during a short spring gobbler season.
The Department manages a rifle range with targets from 25 to 200 yards, a pistol range with 25 and 50 yard targets and a shotgun station. The range is supervised by an approved range officer and is open to the public on regularly scheduled days.
Ongoing habitat management and development on the WMA include prescribed burning, fallow disking, supplement food plantings, waterlevel manipulation and timber harvest. These practices help to provide quality habitat for game and non-game species. Wildlife watching is a very popular year around activity on Bodcau WMA. Non-game species such as great blue herons, several species of hawks, and barred, horned and screech owls are common. Yellow, black and white, yellow-throated, magnolia, prairie and yellow-rumped warblers are regularly seen on the area. Numerous species of reptiles, amphibians and insects can also be seen on the area.
Camping is available at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers improved camping area located on the south end of the area and several primitive camping areas.
Additional information may be obtained from the LDWF, Wildlife Division, 1401 Talton St., Minden, LA 71055.

Biloxi

Information
Owned: 
Biloxi Marsh Land Corporation
Acreage: 
35,644 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
504-284-5267
Map: 

Description:
The Biloxi Wildlife Management Area is located in Upper St. Bernard Parish about 40 miles east of New Orleans. It is accessible only by boat via commercial launches at Hopedale and Shell Beach. The 35,644-acre tract is owned and leased to the Department by the Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation. The area is a low brackish to saline marsh. A few oak trees are present on old ridges but the major vegetation includes marshhay cord grass, black rush, hog cane, smooth cord grass, saltgrass, glasswort, and three square. Widgeon grass is the main submerged aquatic plant occurring there.
A tremendous number of bayous, sloughs and potholes make the Biloxi tract an excellent producer of fish, shrimp, crabs, waterfowl, and furbearers. The few canal spoil banks and ridges scattered throughout the marsh provide escape for birds and mammals from rising water levels during storms or high tides. Game species hunted on the area include rabbits, rails, gallinules, snipe, ducks, and geese. Major ducks present in winter are lesser scaup, teal, wigeon, gadwall, shoveler, and mottled duck with lesser concentrations of pintail and mallard. Blue and snow geese are normally found on Biloxi although not in large numbers. Fur animals present include nutria, muskrat, mink, raccoon, otter, and opossum. Alligators are also found on the area.
Fish species common on the area include speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, flounder, and croaker. Large catches of crabs and shrimp are often taken by both sportsmen and commercial fishermen.
Besides hunting and fishing, other forms of recreation available are boating, crabbing, shrimping, and bird watching.

Big Lake

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
19,231 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044
Map: 

Overview:

Size, Location and History

Big Lake Wildlife Management Area consists of 19,231 acres located 12 miles east of Gilbert, La. The eastern boundary of Big Lake WMA is contiguous with a portion of the western boundary of Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, together these areas form one of the largest remaining tracts of the vast bottomland hardwood forests that historically composed the lower Mississippi River floodplain from lower Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. Major access routes to Big Lake WMA are Louisiana Highways 4 and 610. The area was purchased by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries through the Rockefeller Fund in three components between 1983 and 1985; 9,833 acres 1983, 4,888 acres 1984, and 4,510 acres 1985.

Description of Landscape:

The topography is flat with some ridges and generally poorly drained, terrain varies from 55-65 feet M.S.L. Seasonal flooding occurs dependent on water levels within the Tensas River, but periodic flooding may occur anytime after periods of heavy rainfall. Abandoned and active mineral exploration and production sites, roadways, pipelines, and open-water lakes, sloughs, and bayous provide diversity throughout the area. Seven small lakes and six small bayous, approximately 200 acres and 25 miles of waterways, respectively, can be found on the area.

Most of the forested component of the area consists of relatively closed overstory canopy with a fairly dense understory. Major timber species are Nuttall oak, water oak, willow oak, overcup oak, American elm, sweetgum, bitter pecan, honey locust, sugarberry, willow, sycamore, persimmon, cedar elm, red maple, box elder, and cypress. Understory species include rattan, Rubus sp., Crataegus sp., swamp dogwood, Vitis sp., deciduous holly, elderberry, Smilax sp., baccharis, switchcane, poison ivy, and many herbaceous species. Invasive species include trifoliate orange, water hyacinth, and several other nuisance aquatics.

The most popular game species are white-tailed deer, squirrels/rabbits, and turkey. Limited waterfowl and woodcock hunting opportunities are also available. Freshwater fish including largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular with area users.

Big Lake WMA along with Tensas National Wildlife Refuge is home to a thriving population of Louisiana Black Bear. Reported sightings, nuisance complaints of adjacent landowners, and vehicle collisions are steadily increasing and Black Bear research on this entire area is ongoing.

Big Lake WMA is visited by many neo-tropical bird species annually and home to large numbers of passerine birds. This area is recognized by the American Bird Conservancy as an important site. Bald eagles and osprey are observed regularly.

Public Use:

The largest user group of this area is deer hunters. The Department maintains a system of all-weather gravel roads and numerous ATV trails that provide access to area users. Several walking trails follow pipelines rights-of-way. Boat launches are available on most area lakes. Four permit stations located at major entrances to the area are provided to meet self-clearance requirements. No public camping areas are available on Big Lake WMA, campsites are available to the public for a fee on adjacent private property. The one mile Trusler Lake Hiking Trail is located in the interior of the area.

Other Public Use:

Please refer to the WMA rules and regulations for permitted activities. In addition to hunting, trapping, and fishing other common activities include boating, commercial fishing, hiking, birdwatching/sightseeing, horseback riding, berry picking, frogging, raccoon field trials, and crayfishing. A recreational lottery for alligators is allowed each year also.

Additional information may be obtained from LDWF, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Regulations:

BIG LAKE (Department Owned - 19,231 Acres, Monroe Office)

 

Big Colewa Bayou

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
899 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
(318) 343-4044

Description:
Received as a donation made available through federal bankruptcy proceedings, Big Colewa Bayou Wildlife Management Area consists of six separate units totaling 899 acres within West Carroll Parish. Most of the property was farmland prior to being acquired by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The limited forest resource on the various tracts includes timber species such as willow oak, water oak, sweetgum, hackberry, sassafras, cedar elm, American elm, pignut hickory, and delta post oak. Bald cypress, green ash, bitter pecan, overcup oak, and black willow are found along small stream drainages. Principle understory and mid-story species are palmetto, rattan, greenbrier, trumpet creeper, poison ivy, peppervine, Japanese honeysuckle, hawthorn, deciduous holly, and swamp dogwood. Approximately 400 acres of agricultural land have been planted in hardwood trees by department personnel.
Archery hunting for deer is available along with rabbit hunting. The most popular sport on Big Colewa Bayou WMA is dove hunting in the sunflower fields planted by department employees on the Bearskin Unit of the WMA.
There are no camping areas on Big Colewa Bayou.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203.

Bayou Pierre

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
2,212 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Description:
Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area is located in extreme northwest Red River and east-central Desoto Parishes, 20 miles south of Shreveport. Primary access routes to the area are Red River Parish Road 410 and Yearwood Road off of Louisiana Highway 1. The Department maintains a limited system of regular and restricted-use ATV trails. Parish maintained roads also provide access to and through the area.
Bayou Pierre WMA lies in the Red River Alluvial Valley and is comprised of approximately 2,212 acres with Bayou Pierre bisecting the area. The area contains soil that drains poorly and is subject to periodic annual flooding. The terrain is essentially flat with only a five feet change in elevation across the entire area. There are drainages, wet weather ponds, sloughs, reforested areas, grasslands and supplemental food plots that create habitat favorable to supporting a diversified wildlife community.
The original bottomland hardwood forest on the area was cleared and the area drained in an attempt to convert the area to farming during the mid-1900?s. Following several failed farming attempts the area was deeded to the Department in 1992.
The Department has developed wildlife habitat featuring four distinct types, a 160 acre moist soil waterfowl refuge, 800 acres in ridge and swale / reforested bottomland hardwoods, a 200 plus acres reforested hardwood area and the remaining acreage being managed in planted dove fields and open grasslands. The wildlife habitat on the area has benefited from several cooperative projects among the Department and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, American Energy Producers and the USDA?s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
White-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrel, raccoon, snipe, waterfowl and dove hunting opportunities are available on the area. Deer, squirrel and raccoon hunting are limited due to the young age of the reforested hardwood area. Waterfowl hunting is very limited due to the small acreage and the Department?s effort to have the area serve as a migration refuge for waterfowl during the winter months. High concentrations of snipe use the area during late winter months when local rainfall allows for sheeting of shallow water and saturated soil conditions. Trapping is allowed on the area except in the waterfowl refuge. Dove hunting opportunities range form excellent to fair depending on dove migrations and agricultural practices on the surrounding farms. Dove hunters should scout the area during the later portions of the dove seasons when winter cold fronts push additional flights of doves into the area and hunting pressure is generally very light.
Bayou Pierre WMA is a well-known birdwatching area from early fall throughout winter and during the northward spring migration. The area is noted as an excellent area to see hawks and owls during the winter months. Also, white-throated, white-crowned, chipping, field, fox and song sparrows are regular winter residents. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers and American kestrels are also common. Spring transient warblers include the yellow, Tennessee, black-throated green and magnolia. Common summer nesters on the area are scissor-tailed flycatchers. Numerous species of reptiles, amphibians and insects can also be found utilizing the diversified habitat.
Camping areas are not available on the area.
 
Additional information may be obtained from the LDWF, Wildlife Division, 1401 Talton St., Minden, LA 71055.

Bayou Macon

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
6,919 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044

Description:
Bayou Macon Wildlife Management Area is located in East Carroll Parish approximately 3.5 miles east of Oak Grove and 7.5 miles northwest of Lake Providence. Louisiana Highway 2 transects the northern portion of the area. Interior vehicle access is restricted to all-terrain vehicle trails.
Bayou Macon is 6,919 acres in size and was purchased by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1991. Topography is flat with relatively poor drainage. Two intermittent streams, Brushy and Buck Bayous, are located on the area. Almost 1,150 acres of reclaimed agricultural fields have been reforested.
Overstory timber species present on this bottomland hardwood area include Nuttall oak, overcup oak, bitter pecan, hackberry, red maple, honey locust, rock elm, sweetgum, willow oak, and green ash. Common undestory vegetation includes deciduous holly, swamp dogwood, trumpet creeper, rattan, Japanese honeysuckle, swamp privet, pawpaw, dewberry, peppervine, hawthorn, greenbrier, and persimmon.
Hunting is available for deer, squirrel, rabbit, woodcock, dove, and waterfowl. A lottery hunt for wild turkey is held each year. Trapping is permitted for raccoon, opossum, beaver, and other native furbearers.
There is one primitive camping area on Bayou Macon WMA at the present time.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203.

Attakapas

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana, USACOE
Acreage: 
27,962 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

Description:
Attakapas Wildlife Management Area, located in upper St. Mary Parish and in parts of lower St. Martin and Iberia Parishes, was acquired in 1976. The center of the area is situated about 20 miles NW of Morgan City and 10 miles NE of Franklin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns a small tract of land that is also managed by La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Access to the 27,962 acre tract is by boat only, with major public launches available: (1) Millet Point, at St. Mary Parish Road 123, off of Hwy 87, (2) NNE of Charenton Of Hwy 326, (3) above Morgan City on Hwy 70, (4) off Hwy. 75 at Bayou Pigeon landing in Iberville Parish.
The terrain is characterized by flat swampland subject to periodic flooding and siltation from the Atchafalaya River. Areas adjacent to the River and spoil banks from dredging activities provide upland habitat and refuge areas during periods of high water. Many pockets in the management area have silted in and will continue to increase the land-to-water ratio.
The main overhead vegetation in the swamp is cypress and tupelo with some oak, maple and hackberry growing in the upland areas. Black willow is prevalent on the newly deposited lands, which are prevalent throughout the management area. Understory vegetation in upland tracts includes blackberry, deciduous holly, elderbery, and goldenrod. Greenbriars, peppervine, pokeweed, palmetto and switch cane. Common swamp plants are lizard tail, alligator weed, smartweed, coontail, pennywort and water hyacinth. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused wide scale destruction to the trees on Attakapas. The Department reforested many of the higher areas along the Atchafalaya River with cypress, ash, elm, water oak, nuttall oak, cherrybark oak, cow oak and other upland species. Also, roughly 30 miles of trails have been created and maintained around these reforested plots on the east and west sides of the Atchafalaya River.
Game animals most hunted on the management area are deer, rabbits and squirrels. Waterfowl hunting is also popular. Other animals present are beaver, nutria, otter, mink, muskrat, raccoon, bobcat, opossum, and alligator. Trapping is allowed for furbearing animals. Hawks, owls, shorebirds, and neo-tropical migrants are also present.
Crawfish, found throughout the spillway, provide commercial and recreational opportunities. Major fish caught in the area include catfish, mullet, bass, bluegill, gar, bowfin, and freshwater drum.
The self-clearing permit is required for hunters only. There are three primitive, remote camping areas on Attakapas. There is one camping area with picnic tables and running water located on St. Mary Parish Road 123 near Millet Point. Additional information may be obtained may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, Louisiana 70570.

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