Avoyelles


Macrochelys temminckii

Scientific Name: 

Macrochelys temminckii

Common Name: 
Alligator Snapping Turtle
GRANK: 
G3G4
SRANK: 
S3
State Status: 
Restricted Harvest
Class: 
Reptiles

Pteronotropis hubbsi

Scientific Name: 

Pteronotropis hubbsi

Common Name: 
Bluehead Shiner
GRANK: 
G3
SRANK: 
S2
Class: 
Fish

Polyodon spathula

Scientific Name: 

Polyodon spathula

Common Name: 
Paddlefish
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
S4
Class: 
Fish

Scaphirhynchus albus

Scientific Name: 

Scaphirhynchus albus

Common Name: 
Pallid Sturgeon
GRANK: 
G2
SRANK: 
S1
State Status: 
E
Federal Status: 
E
Class: 
Fish

Procambarus jaculus

Scientific Name: 

Procambarus jaculus

Common Name: 
Javelin Crawfish
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
S1
Class: 
Crustaceans

Didiplis diandra

Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Lythraceae
Scientific Name: 

Didiplis diandra

Common Name: 
Water-purslane
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2?

Lobelia flaccidifolia

Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Campanulaceae
Scientific Name: 

Lobelia flaccidifolia

Common Name: 
Coastal Plain Lobelia
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2?

Sutton Lake

Acreage: 
706 Acres

Pomme de Terre WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
6,434 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

Pomme de Terre Wildlife Management Area is located off Louisiana Highway 451, six miles east of Moreauville in East Central Avoyelles Parish. Louisiana Highway 451 connects to Louisiana Highway 1 at Moreauville or Hamburg. Vehicular access is by gravel road at the southwest corner. Interior access by water is limited, however approximately 8 miles of ATV trails provides access to the majority of the area.
Pomme de Terre is 6,434 acres in size. The initial tract was purchased by the Department in November 1975. An additional 1372 acres was purchased in 1985, along with other acquisitions, including 180 acres in 1988.
The area is low and flat. Accumulated rainwater is collected in Sutton Lake and released by a water control structure. There are several low ridges running mainly east and west.
The overstory consists mostly of hackberry, locust, elm, ash, maple, and sweetgum; nuttall oaks and overcup oaks are scattered. Willow is dominant in the low lying areas, with cypress occurring toward the ridges. There are some boxelder and sycamore.
The understory consists of haws, deciduous holly, dogwood, elderberry and saplings of the overstory. Some of the other plants are poison ivy, peppervine, greenbrier, and blackberry. Open water and marshy areas, which comprise about 60 percent of the total area, contain water hyacinth, duckweed, lotus, cutgrass, frog?s-bit and buttonbush.
Game species hunted are good populations of deer, wild turkey, squirrels and rabbits, with adequate seasonal populations of waterfowl. Trapping for furbearers is allowed by permit only.
Sport fishing on the area is poor. Commercial fishing is allowed by permit. One improved ramp for boat launching exists.
One primitive camping area is presently available.
Further information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570. Phone 337-948-0255.

Grassy Lake

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
12,983 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

NOTE:  Effective July 1, 2011 - All areas of Grassy Lake WMA, except Cas Cas Road are open and the Bayou Des Sot bridge has been repaired.
Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish. Primary access is via Louisiana Highway 451 to Bordelonville, cross the levee at the Bayou des Glaises flood control structure and follow the gravel road. Approximately 20 miles of all-weather limestone roads are maintained on the area. Additional access is provided by a network of ATV trails which span for approximately 7 miles.
It lies in the Red River alluvial floodplain and is subject to periodic backwater flooding. The terrain is flat and drainage is poor. Bayou Natchitoches transects the area and has several smaller tributaries. Smith Bay, Grassy Lake, Lake Chenier, and Red River Bay are the four major water bodies.
The forest cover is composed entirely of bottomland hardwood species such as willow, cypress, bitter pecan, swamp privet, water elm, overcup oak, cottonwood, sycamore, honey locust, and hackberry.
Understory vegetation is typical for such poorly drained land. Common species include buttonbush, deciduous holly, smilax, dewberry, rattan, peppervine, and various annual grasses and sedges.
Game species hunted are swamp rabbits, deer, squirrels, wild turkey, woodcock and waterfowl. Trapping for furbearing species is allowed by special permit.
Largemouth bass, crappie and bream provide fair sport fishing. Commercial fishing is allowed by special permit.
Primitive camping is allowed on two camping areas. No electricity, running water, or toilet facilities are provided.
Additional information concerning Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Opelousas Field Office, 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA  70570.  (337) 948-0255.

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