Biloxi WMA is a low brackish to saline marsh. Major vegetation includes marsh hay cordgrass, black rush, hog cane, smooth cordgrass, saltgrass, glasswort, and three square. There are a few oak trees on old ridges. Widgeon grass is the main submerged aquatic plant.
Due to Biloxi WMA’s tremendous number of bayous, sloughs, and potholes, the area is home to an abundance of fish, shrimp, crabs, waterfowl, and furbearers. There are a few canal spoil banks and ridges scattered throughout the marsh which provide birds and mammals refuge from rising water levels during storms or high tides.
Activities and Amenities
Hunting and trapping: Popular game species on Biloxi WMA include rabbits, rails, gallinules, snipe, ducks (lesser scaup, teal, wigeon, gadwall, shoveler, mottled, pintail, and mallard), and geese (blue and snow). There is an archery only deer season as well. See regulations for details.
Fishing and boating: Common fish species on Biloxi WMA include speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, flounder, and croaker. Both recreational and commercial fishermen harvest large amounts of crab and shrimp in this area. See regulations for details.
Vessels/vehicles: All airboats, ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses, and mules are prohibited. Mud boats and air-cooled propulsion vessels may only be powered by straight-shaft, long-tail, air-cooled mud motors that are 25 total horsepower or less. All other types of mud boats or air-cooled propulsion vessels, including surface-drive boats, are prohibited. Overnight mooring of all vessels 50 feet or longer is prohibited.
Owned by Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation; leased to and managed by LDWF
Biloxi WMA is located about 40 miles east of New Orleans. The area is accessible only by boat via commercial launches at Hopedale and Shell Beach.