A Black Skimmer feeding along ocean surface
  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under wildlife laws and treaties. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward. For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.


  • Fishing Permits

    Recreational fishing and crabbing is permitted year round in accordance with Louisiana regulations and seasons, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Fishing is allowed from shore and from boats. Commercial fishing is prohibited. Fishing lines must be attended at all times –nets, traps, and unattended trot, bush, or jug lines are not allowed.

  • Special Use Permits

    Certain refuge activities, including, but not limited to scientific research and all commercial activities require a special use permit. Permits for research or commercial uses must be secured before any special use activity occurs on the refuge. Priority is given to studies or activities that contribute to the enhancement, protection, use, preservation, and management of native wildlife populations and their habitats.

    To obtain a special use permit, download the applicable permit application at the left sidebar. Plan ahead and allow 30 working days to process a permit. For more information on the permitting process, please contact the Refuge Manager.

    Refuge Manager Barret Fortier  985/882-2011  

    Mailing address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445