Loggy Bayou WMA

Acreage

6,558

Contact

jjohnson@wlf.la.gov; 318-371-3050; 9961 Hwy 80, Minden, LA 71055

Parish

Bossier

Owner/manager

LDWF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Description

Loggy Bayou WMA lies between Loggy and Red Chute Bayous and Lake Bistineau in the Red River Alluvial Valley in northwestern Louisiana. The WMA is one of the few remaining bottomland hardwood areas in northwest Louisiana. The WMA’s terrain is flat with approximately 90 percent of the area subject to annual flooding from backwaters of the Red River.

When it was purchased, the WMA consisted of approximately half overgrazed cattle pasture and half severely overgrazed, poor quality, bottomland forest. Several hundred acres of agricultural fields were planted in the early 1970s and 1980s in preferred oak species. Seedlings planted over two decades ago are now producing quality habitat for a variety of wildlife populations.

Today, dominant tree species are hackberry, ash, elm, honey locust, pecan, and overcup, water, willow and nuttall oak. LDWF plants several hundred acres of the open fields and forested areas in pecan and nuttall, water, and cherrybark oak seedlings. The understory consists of red haws, rattan, trumpet vine, and dewberry. In the field areas, the main understory species are poison ivy, vetch, and fescue along with hardwood and honey locust sprouts. Every year, LDWF fallow disks or plants wildlife openings on approximately 50 acres.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl. Archery hunting for white-tailed deer is the most popular; there is a limited amount of modern and primitive firearm hunting. Pope and Young quality deer are common on the WMA. A 110-acre greentree reservoir and numerous sloughs, beaver ponds, and backwater areas provide good waterfowl hunting. There is a youth dove hunt. Trapping for raccoon, beaver, mink, coyote, and other furbearers is available. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: There is one improved boat ramp on the southern portion of the WMA on Loggy Bayou. Recreational and commercial fishing are available on the WMA. Popular fish in Loggy and Red Chute Bayous include catfish, gar, buffalo, and carp, as well as bass and several species of bream. See regulations for details.

Camping: Overnight camping is allowed on designated camping areas.

Other: birding

Directions

Loggy Bayou WMA is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City. Access the northern portion of the area off of LA Hwy 154, just east of Lake Bistineau. Access the southern portion from U.S. Hwy 71. LDWF maintains one all-weather road and a series of ATV trails throughout the interior of the area.