Larto/Saline Lake

Size: 4,500 acres

Maximum Depth: 18 feet

Public Access Boat Launches Available: 7

Common Fishing Species: Crappie, bass, catfish and bream.

Activities Available:

Fun Fact

The complex is located next to Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area. It is comprised of numerous lakes that are connected by bayous. A map of the lake would be very useful if not familiar with the area. Maps of the area can be found by obtaining a map of the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area. There are primitive camping areas located on the WMA and lodges can be rented around Larto Lake and Cross Bayou.

Russell Sage

Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 38,213 acres

Location: The WMA is located about 7 miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Caldwell parishes.

Owners: LDWF (34,018 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2,955 acres) and Ouachita Parish School Board (1,240 acres).

Habitat Types: Russell Sage WMA forms one of the largest remaining tracts of the bottomland hardwood forests that historically composed the lower Mississippi River floodplain. The forest canopy contains a mixture of bottomland hardwoods grouped into two major timber types, including oak-elm-ash and overcup oak-bitter pecan.

Popular Game Species: The most popular game species are white-tailed deer, waterfowl, squirrel and rabbit. There is a small game emphasis area on this WMA. Much of the area is managed for waterfowl and offers excellent waterfowl hunting.

How to Enjoy: There are two primitive camping areas on the WMA.

Recreational fishing for freshwater species includes largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish. Crawfishing and frogging are popular with area users. Commercial fishing is also available.

Many neotropical birds and shorebirds visit the WMA annually. The area is also home to large numbers of passerine and wading birds, offering excellent birding. There is a wildlife viewing tower overlooking several waterfowl impoundments in the waterfowl refuge.

Several walking trails follow pipeline rights-of-way are found and horseback riding is permitted.

Activities Available:

Fun Fact

The Louisiana black bear frequents this area and reported sightings have been increasing. Russell Sage WMA was the very first LDWF-owned WMA.


For more information contact:

Larto/Saline Lake

1995 Shreveport Hwy

Pineville LA 71360




For more information contact:

Russell Sage WMA

Monroe field office at 318-343-4044



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