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Although there is no admission fee to visit Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, special regulations apply for hunting and fishing.

  • Special Recreational Activity Permit

     All hunters are encouraged to purchase their permits on-line at  ONLINE PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE!!!

    An annual Special Recreational activity Permit is required for all hunters and fisherman 16 years old and older, and for all terrain vehicle (ATV) use on the refuge. Permit cost is $20.00. 

    The Central LA NWR Special Recreational Activity Permit applies to all refuges within the complex (Lake Ophelia, Grand Cote, and Catahoula).  All permits purchased on-line must be printed and in the hunter’s possession. 

    Permits are also available in-person at the Refuge Headquarters located at Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge, 7 miles west of Marksville, LA on Hwy 1194. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm, except for federal holidays when the office is closed. 

    Permits may also be purchased at the Catahoula NWR Office, located on US Highway 84, approximately 12 miles east of Jena, LA, and 1 mile west of the junction of highways US 84 and LA 28. On weekdays and weekends, permits may be purchased at T-Town located at the junction of highways US 84 and LA 28 and Kate and Ivy’s Grocery store, located 7 miles north of Marksville on Hwy 452.  

    Refuge permits authorize participation in all refuge hunting and fishing activities. The permit must be signed and in your possession whenever hunting, fishing or using a ATV on the refuge, and acknowledges your understanding of Refuge Regulations.  Click here for current Hunting and Fishing Regulations and a current  Hunting and Fishing Map.