East Carroll


Shepherd, Tara

Name: 
Shepherd, Tara
Address: 

525 Parklane Drive

City: 
Benton
State: 
LA
Cell Phone: 
(318)347-1322
Willing to Handle: 
All Mammals

Bayou Macon

Acreage

6,919

Contact

mmcgee@wlf.la.gov; 318-343-4044; 368 CenturyLink Dr, Monroe, LA 71203

Parish

East Carroll

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Bayou Macon WMA forms one of the largest remaining tracts of bottomland hardwood forest which historically composed the lower Mississippi River floodplain from lower Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. LDWF purchased the majority of the property in 1991; the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development donated an additional 40 acres to LDWF as part of a mitigation project.

Bayou Macon WMA’s terrain is flat with relatively poor drainage; terrain varies from 88 to 94 feet above sea level. Two intermittent streams, Brushy and Buck Bayous, are located on the area.

LDWF has reforested almost 1,150 acres of reclaimed agricultural fields. Overstory timber species include nuttall, overcup, and willow oak; bitter pecan; hackberry; red maple; honey locust; rock elm; sweetgum; and green ash. Common understory vegetation includes deciduous holly, swamp dogwood, trumpet creeper, rattan, Japanese honeysuckle, swamp privet, pawpaw, dewberry, peppervine, hawthorn, greenbrier, and persimmon.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: The most popular game species on Bayou Macon WMA are white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl. There is a youth deer season and a small game emphasis area. There is also a 2-day turkey hunt restricted to participants selected via a lottery. Limited woodcock hunting opportunities are also available. Trapping is permitted for raccoon, opossum, beaver, and other native furbearers. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing, crawfishing, and frogging are popular on Bayou Macon WMA. See regulations for details.

Birding and wildlife viewing: Birding is available year-round on Bayou Macon WMA. During the northward spring migration, dozens of species of neotropical migrants and passerine birds visit this area.

Louisiana black bear frequent this area; sightings have increased in recent years.

Camping: There is one primitive camping area on Bayou Macon WMA.

Other: hiking, horseback riding, berry picking

Directions

Bayou Macon WMA is located 3.5 miles east of Oak Grove and 7.5 miles northwest of Lake Providence. The major access route to this WMA is LA Hwy 2. LDWF maintains numerous ATV/UTV trails on this WMA. There are two self-clearing permit stations located at major entrances to the WMA.

Bottomland Hardwood Forest

GRANK: 
G4G5
SRANK: 
S4
Class: 
Palustrine

Ursus americanus luteolus

Scientific Name: 

Ursus americanus luteolus

Common Name: 
Louisiana Black Bear
GRANK: 
G5T2
SRANK: 
S3
State Status: 
T
Federal Status: 
T
Class: 
Mammals

Sternula antillarum athalassos

Scientific Name: 

Sternula antillarum athalassos

Common Name: 
Interior Least Tern
GRANK: 
G4T2Q
SRANK: 
S4BT1
State Status: 
E
Federal Status: 
E
Class: 
Birds

Cyprinella whipplei

Scientific Name: 

Cyprinella whipplei

Common Name: 
Steelcolor Shiner
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2
Class: 
Fish

Scaphirhynchus albus

Scientific Name: 

Scaphirhynchus albus

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

Potamilus capax

Scientific Name: 

Potamilus capax

Common Name: 
Fat Pocketbook
GRANK: 
G1G2
SRANK: 
S1
Federal Status: 
E
Class: 
Mussels

Fuirena simplex var. aristulata

Class: 
Monocotyledons
Family: 
Cyperaceae
Scientific Name: 

Fuirena simplex var. aristulata

Common Name: 
Western Umbrella Sedge
GRANK: 
G5T4
SRANK: 
S1

Lake Providence

Acreage: 
1,299 Acres
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