The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish due to flooding. The Pearl River flood gauge has reached 16.5 feet, an automatic benchmark for closure of the WMA set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The gate at the entrance to the WMA on Old Highway 11 is closed and locked. This gate will remain closed until the river recedes below 16.5 feet and the roads have been inspected. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the Pearl River WMA.

The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.

For information on this WMA, go to or contact Forest Burks at or 985-543-4777.