Avoyelles


Pomme de Terre WMA

Acreage

6,434

Contact

jhaynes@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

Avoyelles

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pomme de Terre WMA is a bottomland hardwood forest. The terrain is primarily low and flat, but several ridges transect the property, primarily running from east to west. These ridges border and intersect Sutton Lake, a rain dependent wetland that is popular for wintering waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.

The overstory consists mostly of hackberry, locust, elm, ash, maple, and sweetgum. Nuttall and overcup oaks are scattered throughout the WMA. Willow is dominant in the low lying areas, and bald cypress is found toward the ridges. Box elder and sycamore are also common. The understory consists of haws, deciduous holly, dogwood, elderberry, and seedlings of the overstory. Other understory plants include poison ivy, peppervine, greenbrier, and blackberry. Open water and marshy areas, which comprise about 60 percent of the total WMA, contain water hyacinth, duckweed, lotus, cutgrass, and buttonbush.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Popular game species on Pomme de Terre WMA include white-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, waterfowl, and rabbit. There is a youth deer season and a youth turkey lottery hunt. Wintering waterfowl populations vary annually. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: There is a boat launch into Sutton Lake (see map). There is limited recreational fishing on Pomme de Terre WMA; commercial fishing is allowed by permit. See regulations for details.

Camping: There is one primitive camping area.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Pomme de Terre WMA is located off LA Hwy 451, 6 miles east of Moreauville. Vehicles can access the WMA by a gravel road at the southwest corner of the property. Interior access by water is limited; however, there are about 8 miles of ATV trails that provide access to the majority of the WMA.

Grassy Lake WMA

Acreage

12,983

Contact

jhaynes@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

Avoyelles

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Grassy Lake WMA lies within 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. There are four major waterbodies on the WMA: Smith Bay, Grassy Lake, Lake Chenier, and Red River Bay.

The WMA’s forest cover is entirely 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.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Popular game species include swamp rabbit, white-tailed deer, squirrel, turkey, woodcock, and waterfowl. There is a youth deer season and turkey lottery hunt. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing is fair for largemouth bass, crappie, and bream. Commercial fishing is allowed by special permit. See regulations for details.

Camping: There are two primitive camping areas on Grassy Lake WMA.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Take LA Hwy 451 to Bordelonville, cross the levee at the Bayou des Glaises flood control structure, and follow the gravel road for 6.5 miles. LDWF maintains approximately 20 miles of all-weather limestone roads on Grassy Lake WMA. There is also a 7-mile network of ATV trails.

Spring Bayou WMA

Acreage

12,506

Contact

jhaynes@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

Avoyelles

Owner/manager

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. Lake edges are fringed with cypress, willow, and buttonbush. The understory consists of deciduous holly, hawthorn, dogwood, and seedlings of the overstory. Other plants include rattan, greenbrier, peppervine, trumpet creeper, dewberry, smartweed, verbena, wild lettuce, vetch, sedges, and grasses. Aquatic species include water hyacinth, alligator weed, delta duck potato, water primrose, lotus, and duckweed.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, and woodcock. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons and a youth turkey lottery hunt. Trapping for furbearers is allowed; available species are raccoon, mink, bobcat, and nutria. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: 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. Commercial fishing is allowed by permit. Boating and waterskiing are popular in open water portions of the WMA. See regulations for details.

Camping: There are campgrounds with electricity accessible via Spring Bayou Road.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Spring Bayou WMA is located 2 miles east of Marksville, off LA Hwy 115 and 452. These highways connect to LA Hwy 1 and 107 in the immediate vicinity of Marksville. Vehicle access to the east side is via an improved shell road off the Bordelonville levee. You can mainly access the interior by boat. There are three concrete boat ramps on the WMA. You can access the Boggy Bayou boat launch and campgrounds via Spring Bayou Road.

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