WATERBODY & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA SPOTLIGHT

Atchafalaya Basin

Size: 833,000 acres of land, swamp and water. Varies greatly with flood stage.

Maximum Depth: River depth up to 95 feet at high river stages.

Public Piers Available: Several public boat ramps have piers.

Public Access Boat Launches Available: 19

Artificial Reefs: 0

Common Fishing Species: Largemouth & spotted bass, black & white crappie (sac-a-lait), bluegill, warmouth, redear sunfish, catfish, gar and bowfin.

Additional Information: The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. It’s also the largest block of floodplain forest in the country, and having 260,000 acres of cypress-tupelo forest, it is also the largest remaining contiguous tract of coastal cypress in the United States.

The Atchafalaya River has a growing delta system that is continually expanding.

Crawfishing in the Atchafalaya Basin makes up the majority of wild-caught crawfish in Louisiana. In years of high water, more than 10 million pounds can be harvested.

Activities Available:

Fun Fact

The Atchafalaya Delta’s vast cypress forest is home to a large number of bald eagles, so many so that it helps contribute to Louisiana being only behind Florida in the number of active eagle nests in the southern United States.

Boeuf Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 51,110

Location: Boeuf WMA is located in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes. It is bordered by the Bouef River for approximately 47 miles on its eastern side.

Owner: LDWF

Habitat Types: A large portion consists of farmland that has been partially reforested in bottomland hardwoods. The forest overstory is a relatively closed stand of mixed bottomland hardwoods. On higher elevations, the main tree species are willow, nuttall and post oak, cedar elm, sweetgum, green ash, persimmon and honey locust. The main tree species in lower elevations are overcup oak, bitter pecan, cypress and tupelo gum.

Popular Game Species: Popular game species include white-tailed deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit and turkey. There are youth-only deer and squirrel seasons and a small game emphasis area. The areas managed for waterfowl along with the numerous sloughs and waterways offer excellent waterfowl hunting. Several dove fields planted annually in brown-top millet are available to area users.

How to Enjoy: Boeuf WMA is visited by many neotropical bird and shorebird species annually and is 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 birding opportunities. Bucks Brake, located in the Hebert area, contains a rookery that provides resting and nesting habitat for many species of wading birds, egrets and wood ducks. Birders also frequently observe bald eagles and their nests.

There are three primitive camping areas. For hiking, there is the .75 mile Bayou Crew Nature Trail located in the interior of the WMA. Several walking trails follow pipeline rights-of-way.

Activities Available:

Fun Fact

Louisiana black bears frequent this area; reported sightings have been increasing.

Additional Information

Atchafalaya Basin

For more information contact:

200 Dulles Drive,

Lafayette, LA 70506

337-735-8711

www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

Boeuf WMA

For more information contact:

Monroe Field Office: 318-343-4044

www.wlf.la.gov/wma/32649

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