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.
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/
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
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.
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