April 1, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) but three side roads, including Poboy Road, Oil Well Road and Indian Bayou Road, remain closed.
The Pearl River WMA was closed March 13 when the flood gauge at the Pearl River reached 16.5 feet, initiating an automatic benchmark closure set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
Though the gauge has dipped below 16.5 feet, the three side roads remain closed due to high water. LDWF will continue to monitor the water levels and open the roads when they have been inspected and deemed safe for travel.
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.