Plan Your Visit

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The refuge is open during daylight hours only, except during hunting season.
See refuge regulations for specific information.

Directions, Address, and Contact Info:

The refuge office is located at 401 Island Road just west of Marksville, LA near the community of Fifth Ward. Follow Louisiana Highway 1 North from Marksville to Fifth Ward; turn left onto Louisiana Highway 1194 at caution light; stay on Highway 1194, following signs to headquarters building.

An alternate route to the refuge from Marksville, Louisiana is south on Highway 115 to Little California Road, 3.3 miles to Island Road, the headquarters is 0.5 mile left from the intersection of Little California Road and Island Road.


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The refuge is open during daylight hours only, except during hunting season.
See refuge regulations for specific information.

Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge consists of 6,075 acres. Grand Cote is a natural sump that is bordered by the higher ridge lands of the Red River on the north and east and by the terrace uplands on the west and south.
Mailing Address: 401 Island Road Marksville, LA 71351
Telephone: (318) 253-4238
Fax: (318) 253-7139

Points of Interest:

Grand Cote NWR is open for archery deer hunting from October 1st through February 15th. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the regular duck season. Rabbit hunting is allowed during the entire state season. Additional duck hunting opportunities are available through managed lottery hunts.
To apply for Managed Waterfowl Lottery Hunts CLICK HERE

Mark Dupuy Walking Trail
The Mark Dupuy Walking Trail is an approximate 1.0 mile walking trail. This scenic trail winds through the flooded bottomland forest topography typical of Grand Cote NWR. Hikers will walk along the trail through mature bottom land hardwood forest and end on the tower overlooking the waterfowl impoundments . Benches and interpretive signs are provided. Vehicles may park near the trailhead located at the Refuge Headquarters.
This trail allows foot traffic only.

Know Before You Go:

  • The Refuge Headquarters are located on Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge. 
    Roads are typically passible in a 2-wheel drive vehicle. 
  • Visitors should bring insect repellent, drinking water, etc.
    when visiting Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge. 
  • All hunters are required to complete a Daily Visitor Use Reporting Card each day they hunt the refuge.
    Cards are located in the kiosks off of Island Road and Little California Road.