Grassy Lake WMA lies within the Red River alluvial floodplain and is subject to periodic backwater flooding. The terrain is flat and drainage is poor. Bayou Natchitoches transects the area and has several smaller tributaries. There are four major waterbodies on the WMA: Smith Bay, Grassy Lake, Lake Chenier, and Red River Bay.
The WMA’s forest cover is entirely bottomland hardwood species such as willow, cypress, bitter pecan, swamp privet, water elm, overcup oak, cottonwood, sycamore, honey locust, and hackberry. Understory vegetation is typical for such poorly drained land. Common species include buttonbush, deciduous holly, smilax, dewberry, rattan, peppervine, and various annual grasses and sedges.
Activities and Amenities
Hunting and trapping: Popular game species include swamp rabbit, white-tailed deer, squirrel, turkey, woodcock, and waterfowl. There is a youth deer season and turkey lottery hunt. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. See regulations for details.
Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing is fair for largemouth bass, crappie, and bream. Commercial fishing is allowed by special permit. See regulations for details.
Camping: There are two primitive camping areas on Grassy Lake WMA.
Other: Hiking, photography, birding
Take LA Hwy 451 to Bordelonville, cross the levee at the Bayou des Glaises flood control structure, and follow the gravel road for 6.5 miles. LDWF maintains approximately 20 miles of all-weather limestone roads on Grassy Lake WMA. There is also a 7-mile network of ATV trail