Posted on Posted in Winter 2019
Shot of Spring Bayou after hyrdilla disappeared

False River

Size: 3,212 surface acres


Maximum Depth: 65 feet


Public Piers Available: 2


Public Access Boat Launches Available: 7


Number of Artificial Reefs: 16


Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, channel catfish, crappie, freshwater drum


Additional Information: False River is an inactive oxbow lake, once connected to the Mississippi River. Multiple fisheries habitat improvement projects have taken place in the last several years. Fishing at night is popular, particularly around the lighted piers. The lake is scheduled to be drawn down this fall/winter, beginning in early September and ending in mid-January. Public access will remain available at the public launch in New Roads.

-Several canal systems connected to the lake offer a place to fish during windy conditions on the lake.


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Fun Fact

Six of the state’s top 10 biggest freshwater drum records are from False River.  The country’s only known intact paddlewheel cotton barge lies at the bottom of False River.


Spring Bayou Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 12,506


Location: In Avoyelles Parish, Spring Bayou WMA is located two miles east of Marksville, off Louisiana Highway 115 and 452. These highways connect to Louisiana Highway 1 and 107 in the immediate vicinity of Marksville.


Owner: LDWF


Description: Spring Bayou WMA is in the low-lying Red River backwater system. In general, the terrain is low, poorly drained land with numerous lakes and narrow ridges. About 40 percent of the WMA is covered by water, with various open lakes, bayous, bays and sloughs. The area is drained by Little River. The forest cover consists of nuttall and overcup oak with bitter pecan on the higher elevations. The lower elevations contain overcup oak, bitter pecan, swamp privet and buttonbush.


Popular Game Species: Fishing is excellent and very popular during the spring and summer. LDWF has released triploid carp throughout the area to combat encroachment of aquatic vegetation and improve the health of the fishery. Common species are largemouth bass, various panfish and catfish. Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl and woodcock. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons along with a youth turkey lottery hunt in the spring.


How to Enjoy: Vehicle access to the east side is by an improved shell road off the Bordelonville levee. You can primarily access the interior by boat. There are three concrete boat ramps on the WMA. You can access the main boat launch, the Boggy Bayou boat launch, via Spring Bayou Road. Boating and waterskiing are popular in open water portions of the WMA. There is a campground with electricity and water accessible by Spring Bayou Road. Hiking, photography and birding along with a nature trail are other activities that can be enjoyed on the WMA.


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Additional Information

False River

For more information contact:

2000 Quail Drive, Annex Rm. 27

Baton Rouge, LA 70808




Spring Bayou WMA

For more information contact:

Lafayette Field Office: 337-262-2080