Waterbody & Wildlife Management Area Spotlight

IVAN LAKE

SIZE: 520 acres

MAXIMUM DEPTH: 20 feet

PUBLIC PIERS AVAILABLE: 5

PUBLIC ACCESS BOAT LAUNCHES AVAILABLE: 1

ARTIFICIAL REEFS: 2

COMMON FISHING SPECIES: Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear and catfish.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The lake was completely renovated in 2012 and restocked. It is part of Bodcau WMA, so Self-Clearing Permits are required. There is a self-clearing permit station located at the boat launch along with a primitive campground and restrooms. There are five fishing piers, including one that is handicap accessible, located around the lake. Bass fishing is best in the spring and summer, while drift fishing for crappie is excellent in the fall and early winter. The fish population is experiencing fast growth with a 12.37 pound largemouth bass already caught.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE:

MAUREPAS SWAMP WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

ACREAGE: 113,422

LOCATION: Maurepas Swamp WMA is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans, along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes.

OWNERS: LDWF

HABITAT TYPES: Maurepas Swamp WMA is mostly flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Other vegetation found on the WMA includes bulltongue, cattail, submerged aquatics, red maple, American elm, sugarberry, and nuttall, water and obtusa oak.

POPULAR GAME SPECIES: The most sought after game species on Maurepas Swamp WMA are white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit and waterfowl. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons.

HOW TO ENJOY: There are two tent-only camping areas. One is on the New River Canal and the other on Reserve Canal. Common freshwater fish include largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie.

Numerous species of neotropical migrant birds use this coastal forest habitat during fall and spring migrations. Resident birds, including wood ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, egrets and herons, can be found on the WMA year-round.

A half-mile long nature trail is located on the east side of U.S. Highway 51, approximately one-half mile north of Peavine Road in LaPlace.

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FUN FACT
Bald eagles and osprey nest in and around the WMA.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IVAN LAKE
For more information contact:
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
318-371-3066
www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

MAUREPAS SWAMP WMA
For more information contact:
Hammond Field Office: 985-543-4777
www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791

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