Pearl River Basin

Size: The Pearl River Basin drains approximately 8,760 square miles. It flows southward and empties into the Rigolets and Lake Borgne, Louisiana. It is approximately 444 river miles long.

Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Public Piers Available: 0

Public Access Boat Launches Available: 15

Artificial Reefs: 0

Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, warmouth, redear, longear, striped and hybrid striped bass, alligator gar, spotted gar, longnose gar, freshwater drum

Additional Information: In Louisiana, the Pearl River flows through Washington and St. Tammany parishes. It also defines a portion of the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. Historically, the Pearl River was used for commercial transportation. A remnant navigation canal with low head sills and locks are still in place. NASA’s Stennis Space Center is located on the East Pearl River at the historic town of Gainesville, Miss. Seven Louisiana designated natural and scenic streams lie within the Pearl River Basin: Pushepatapa Creek, Bogue Chitto River, Holmes Bayou, Bradley Slough, Wilson Slough, Morgan River and West Pearl River. Two WMAs and one national wildlife refuge are found in the Pearl River Basin: Old River WMA in Mississippi, Pearl River WMA in Louisiana and Bogue Chitto NWR in Louisiana.

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Fun Fact

The Pearl River Basin is home to the highest concentration of aquatic species of concern in Louisiana.



Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 33,766

Location: Bodcau WMA is located approximately 17 miles northeast of Bossier City in Bossier and Webster parishes. Travel north on Louisiana Highway 157 from I-20 at Haughton to Bellevue, then follow the signs to Bodcau WMA.

Owners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (managed by LDWF through long-term licensing agreements)

Habitat Types: Bodcau WMA 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 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 and hardwood forests.

Popular Game Species: Game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, dove, quail and all other species of small game. The deer herd is considered healthy. Waterfowl hunting is available in the 1,600-acre Greentree Reservoir and in the numerous sloughs and backwater flooded areas. Turkey hunting is also allowed during a short spring gobbler season.

How to Enjoy: Camping is available on the south end of Bodcau WMA and at several primitive camping areas.

Fishing and small boating are available on Ivan Lake. Bass and bream fishing are excellent on Bodcau Bayou and its overflow.

Great blue herons, several species of hawks, and barred, horned and screech owls are common on Bodcau WMA. 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 are common as well.

Activities Available:

Shooting Range

There is a free public shooting range with a rifle range with targets from 25 to 200 yards, a pistol range with 25-yard targets, and a shotgun station. The range is supervised by an approved range officer. It is opened Friday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.


Additional Information

Pearl River Basin

For more information contact:

61384 Fish Hatchery Rd.

Lacombe, LA 70445

985 882 0027



Bodcau WMA

For more information contact:

Minden Field Office: 318-371-3050



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