Nov. 7, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin a $2.4 million construction project at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 14. The project will enhance public recreational access to areas in the central and western portions of the refuge located in Cameron Parish.
To facilitate construction, the East End Locks Road will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 14, until further notice. This action will close the area to crabbing, fishing and shrimping at East End Locks, and also close boat access to the east end of the refuge.
The project will replace bulkheads along East End Locks Road and the East End boat launch area. Two new boat ramps will be installed to replace the old ramps. The new boat ramps will also be extended into the Humble Canal to provide access to the refuge during low tides, and the launch parking area will be improved.
The double boat launch on the west side of the Humble Canal will remain open until Feb. 15, 2012 to provide continued access to Mud Hole, the LSU Structure at Price Lake, Headquarters Canal and the Gulf of Mexico. Many areas of the refuge will close Dec. 1 to minimize disturbance to wintering waterfowl. These areas will be clearly marked as closed.
For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov  or call 337-491-2593.