Acquired by LDWF in 1998, Elm Hall WMA is located on the northeast corner of Lake Verret; the western boundary of the WMA fronts the lake. There is an aesthetically rich, naturally flooded cypress-tupelo swamp adjacent to Lake Verret. Moving east, the elevation rises slightly toward a more bottomland hardwood area. Bayous and oilfield canals provide access and diversity to the WMA. Most of the swamp stays flooded year-round; the bottomland areas periodically flood.
Common swamp plant species include cypress, tupelo, buttonbush, alligator weed, smartweed, elephant ear, and duckweed. The main species in the bottomland areas are red maple, black willow, swamp privet, and hackberry. Cottonwood, sycamore, and oaks are found on the slightly higher areas, especially on the banks of oilfield canals.
Activities and Amenities
Hunting and trapping: Common game species are white-tailed deer, rabbit, and squirrel. Waterfowl species are present during winter migration, and wood ducks are found on the area year-round. Hunters must have a self-clearing permit. See regulations for details.
Fishing and boating: Fishing for bream, white crappie, and bass is excellent in the oilfield canals and on the edge of the WMA in the northeast corner of Lake Verret. Other common fish include catfish, mullet, and freshwater drum. See regulations for details.
Camping: Camping is allowed in the designated camping area.
Birding: Bald eagles frequent Elm Hall WMA and nest in the tall cypress trees surrounding Lake Verret. Ospreys, hawks, owls, and neotropical migrant birds are also found on the WMA.
Elm Hall WMA is located 5 miles west of Napoleonville. You can only access this WMA by boat; major public launches nearby include: Attakapas Landing at the end of Hwy 401, Pierre Part on Hwy 70, and the end of Hwy 402.