Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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Apply for Hunts and Purchase Permits

Use this link to go directly to the applications and permits page.

Application and Permits

On the Refuge

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Lake Ophelia NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

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Hunt Information


The application period for 2020-21 Lottery Primitive Firearm and Youth Deer hunts is now open through August 31. Please view our Refuge regulations brochure for more information.

Hunt Application & Regulations Information

Hunt Fishing Map

Check out this great visual information map for hunting and fishing on the refuge.

Hunt Fishing Map

Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund's Go Zero Program Bottomland Hardwoods Restoration Initiative. The Grand Cote and Lake Opehlia Restoration Initiative presents a rare opportunity to restore native hardwood forests that will expand wildlife habitat, create new areas for public recreation and trap carbon dioxide.

Conservation Fund Go Zero Program
Come Visit the Refuge

Falcons and Eagles

Endangered species numbers are few and their presence is always marked with special interest. The arctic peregrine falcon is an occasional visitor, and thanks to the refuge's three-year bald eagle reintroduction project, bald eagle sightings are common.

Wildlife Viewing is Amazing !

About the Complex

Central Louisiana Refuges Complex

Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Louisiana Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS