Atchafalaya Delta

Acreage

137,695

Contact

dleblanc@wlf.la.gov; 337-373-0032

Parish

St. Mary

Owned/managed by

State of Louisiana

Description

Located at the mouths of the Atchafalaya River and the Wax Lake Outlet, Atchafalaya Delta WMA mostly consists of open water in Atchafalaya Bay. Within the bay, two deltas (Main Delta and Wax Lake Delta) have formed from the accretion of sediments from the Atchafalaya River and from dredged material deposited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Main Delta has about 15,000 acres of marsh and scrubby habitat; Wax Lake Delta has about 12,000 acres of marsh.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Deer hunting is not permitted on Wax Lake Delta; deer hunting on Main Delta is restricted to adult archery hunting and annual youth lottery gun hunts. Harvest per unit effort on deer is extremely high. Waterfowl and rabbit hunting and fur trapping are also permitted. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Atchafalaya Delta WMA is popular for fishing, especially for redfish, catfish, bass, and bluegill. See regulations for details.

Camping: Atchafalaya Delta WMA has two campgrounds with primitive restrooms. There are also a number of pilings available for houseboat mooring. You must have a permit for overnight mooring (16-day or hunting season permit). You may obtain hunting season overnight mooring privileges via a 5-year lease or lottery. Year-round mooring is prohibited.

Other: birding

Directions

You can only access Atchafalaya Delta WMA by boat. It is located about 25 miles south of Morgan City and Calumet.