WATERBODY & WMA SPOTLIGHT - SPRING 2021
Waterbody & Wildlife Management Area
Lake St. John
Size: 2,100 acres
Maximum Depth: 28 feet
Public Piers Available: 0
Public Access Boat Launches Available: 3
Number of Artificial Reefs: 4
Common Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegill, Redear, Hybrid Striped Bass
Additional Information: A flotilla celebration occurs on the lake every first Saturday in July. www.hannapub.com/concordiasentinel/community/history-of-lake-st-john-flotilla/article_505d4160-9dbe-11e9-9f32-37ac26f5e7c4.html
Lake St. John is a Mississippi River oxbow. It is now completely cut off from the river by flood control levees.
Wildlife Management area
Location: Located approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City. Access the northern portion of the area off Louisiana Highway 154, just east of Lake Bistineau. Access the southern portion from U.S. Hwy 71. Access the central portion, including the camping area and the boat launch, via Poole Road.
Owner: LDWF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Description: When it was purchased, the WMA consisted of approximately half overgrazed cattle pasture and half severely overgrazed, poor quality bottomland forest. Several hundred acres of agricultural fields were planted in the early 1970s and 1980s in preferred oak species. Seedlings planted over two decades ago are now producing quality habitat for a variety of wildlife populations. Dominant tree species are hackberry, ash, elm, honey locust, pecan and overcup, water, willow and nuttall oak. The understory consists of rattan vine, trumpet creeper, poison ivy and dewberry.
Popular Game Species: Available game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl. Archery hunting for white-tailed deer is the most popular hunting activity. There is a limited amount of modern and primitive firearm hunting. Pope and Young quality deer are common on the WMA. Recreational and commercial fishing are available on the WMA. Popular fish in Loggy, Flat River, and Red Chute bayous include catfish, gar, buffalo and carp, as well as bass, crappie, and several species of bream.
How to Enjoy: There is one boat ramp on the southern portion of the WMA on Loggy Bayou. Overnight camping is allowed on designated camping areas.
Flooding on Loggy Bayou WMA
Positioned at the confluence of the Loggy Bayou and Red Chute/Flat River, flow from three watersheds totaling over 1.5 million watershed acres passes Loggy Bayou WMA. Additionally, the south end of the WMA is only 8 miles upstream from the confluence of this vast drainage system with the Red River. Due to this location in a pinch point of drainages, much of Loggy Bayou WMA floods each spring from runoff upstream and occasionally from water backing up the drainage system from the Red River.
Lake St. John
For more information contact:
765 Mary Hill Road Pineville LA 71360
Loggy Bayou WMA
For more information contact: 318-487-5885
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