WMA & WATERBODY SPOTLIGHT

LAKE VERRET, GRASSY LAKE & LAKE PALOURDE COMPLEX

Bald eagles nest in the tall cypress trees surrounding Lake

Verret, Grassy Lake, & Lake Palourde and will frequent the

area. Ospreys, hawks, owls and neo-tropical migrants

are present in the area. Alligators, snakes, and turtles are

commonly viewed during the warmer months.

SIZE: 26,300 acres

MAXIMUM DEPTH: 8 feet 

PUBLIC PIERS AVAILABLE: 2

PUBLIC ACCESS BOAT LAUNCHES AVAILABLE: 8

COMMON FISHING SPECIES: Largemouth bass, crappie, channel

catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, warmouth, redear,

longear, spotted gar, longnose gar, freshwater drum. The Complex

offers excellent catfish and bream fishing opportunities in and around

the abundant cypress trees on the perimeter of the lakes.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE:

 
SHERBURNE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Sherburne features a shooting range located at 1132

Sherburne Road on the WMA. It is three miles south of

U.S. Hwy. 190 on Louisiana Hwy. 975 and approximately

12 miles from Interstate 10, Whiskey Bay Exit. The shooting

range complex consist of rifle, handgun, skeet/trap and

archery ranges. The rifle range has targets at 25, 50 and

100 yards. The handgun range has targets at 10, 25 and 50

yards. The rifle and handgun ranges are open to the public

seven days a week from official sunrise to official sunset.

For more information, contact the Sherburne Shooting

Range Complex at 337-566-2251 or go to www.wlf.la.gov/

shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range.

 

ACREAGE: 44,000 acres

LOCATION: Located in the Morganza Floodway system of the

Atchafalaya Basin, Sherburne is situated in portions of Pointe

Coupee, St. Martin and Iberville parishes between the Atchafalaya

River and the East Protection Guide Levee.

HOW TO GET THERE: Access to the area is via Louisiana Hwy. 975,

which connects with U.S. Hwy. 190 at Krotz Springs on the north

and Interstate 10 at Whiskey Bay on the south.

 

OWNERS: LDWF (11,780 acres), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

(15,220 acres) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (17,000 acres).

 

HABITAT TYPES: The area is classified as bottomland hardwoods

with four dominant tree species associations, including

cottonwood-sycamore, oak-gum-hackberry-ash, willow-cypress-ash

and overcup oak-bitter pecan.

 

POPULAR GAME SPECIES: Hunting for deer, squirrel and

woodcock is good while rabbit hunting is fair. Waterfowl hunting is

available.

 

HOW TO ENJOY: Camping is permitted on two designated areas.

The southern camping area is primitive and the northern area has

RV camping with running water available. Entrance to the interior

of Sherburne is possible through a series of all-weather roads, ATV

trails and Big and Little Alabama Bayous.

Fishing is also very popular on Sherburne WMA. There are two boat

launches on the WMA to access Big Alabama Bayou, one on the

northern portion and one on the southern portion of Big Alabama

Bayou. There is also one public launch on the northern portion of

Little Alabama Bayou. There is also a small pond which allows for

bank fishing and a walk out fishing pier located on Big Alabama

Bayou near the northern boat launch.

Crawfishing is allowed on the South Farm portion of Sherburne,

located near Ramah, during the summer months.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
LAKE VERRET, GRASSY LAKE &
LAKE PALOURDE COMPLEX
For more information contact:
2000 Quail Drive - Annex Rm. 27
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225-765-2337
inland
 
SHERBURNE WMA
For more information contact the Opelousas field office
at 337-948-0255

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