Caddo


Geocarpon minimum

Geocarpon minimum
Geocarpon minimum
Geocarpon minimum
Geocarpon minimum
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Caryophyllaceae
Scientific Name: 

Geocarpon minimum

Common Name: 
Earth-fruit
GRANK: 
G2
SRANK: 
S2
Federal Status: 
T

Loeflingia squarrosa

Loeflingia squarrosa
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Caryophyllaceae
Scientific Name: 

Loeflingia squarrosa

Common Name: 
Spreading Pygmyleaf
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S1

Draba cuneifolia

Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Brassicaceae
Scientific Name: 

Draba cuneifolia

Common Name: 
Wedge-leaf Whitlow-grass
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S1

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asteraceae
Scientific Name: 

Echinacea purpurea

Common Name: 
Purple Coneflower
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
S2

Cirsium engelmannii

Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asteraceae
Scientific Name: 

Cirsium engelmannii

Common Name: 
Cirsium Terraenigrae
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
SU

Coreopsis intermedia

Coreopsis intermedia
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asteraceae
Scientific Name: 

Coreopsis intermedia

Common Name: 
Golden Wave Tickseed
GRANK: 
G3
SRANK: 
S2

Wallace Lake

Acreage: 
2,123 Acres

Soda Lake WMA

Information
Owned: 
Caddo Levee District, USACOE
Acreage: 
2,500 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050
Map: 

Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in Caddo Parish about 15 miles north of Shreveport, approximately one mile east of Louisiana Highway 1. Access into the area at the southern end is from La. Hwy. 173 west of Twelve Mile Bayou and at the northern end from La. Hwy. 169 east of Twelve Mile Bayou. Access in the area is limited to walk-in and bicycles only.
Soda Lake is comprised of 2,500 acres owned by the Caddo Parish Levee District and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The entire area is located in an area that historically was a seasonal lake that flooded during late winter and spring. A similar water regime continues today with only the bluffs located on the western edge of the area remaining above flood level. The lower elevation habitat is a broken woodland consisting of willow, cottonwood, ash, hackberry and overcup oak. Due to annual flooding, the understory is very sparse containing rattan, peppervine, dewberry, and sawbriars. Open areas support wild millet, smartweed and several species of grasses.
The rugged escarpment of Twelve Mile Bayou located on the western edge of the area supports a diverse, old growth forest. Approximately 35 acres in size, a unique, natural, upland plant community of shortleaf pine, oak and hickory can be found there. Dominant species include shortleaf pine, sweetgum, white, post, cherrybark, shumard, and cow oaks. The dominant trees are estimated to be 100 to 130 years old. Two state-rare plants, American alumroot (Heuchra americana L.) and lowland brittle fern (Cystopteris protrusa Bernh.) have been found growing on the north and east facing bluffs.
The Department manages the area primarily as a refuge for migrant waterfowl and songbirds. However, Soda Lake WMA also provides year around habitat for a diverse population of resident songbirds, game and non-game mammals and insects. A cooperative agreement among the Department, Ducks Unlimited and the Caddo Levee District helps to maintain a series of moist soils impoundments that provides excellent waterfowl and bird watching opportunities.
White-tailed deer hunting opportunities are provided through an archery-only season. The area is a noted year around bird and wildlife viewing area.
Camping is not available on the area.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1401 Talton Street, Minden, Louisiana 71055. Phone (318) 371-3050.

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