About the Refuge

Ducks at Sunset L.O.

Lake Ophelia NWR was once part of a large contiguous Mississippi River bottomland hardwood forest. During the seventies, much of the area that would become Lake Ophelia NWR was cleared for agriculture.

Lake Ophelia NWR consists of 17,500 acres. Topography on the refuge is characterized by ridges and swales that create a great diversity of plant and animal communities. The refuge is named for Lake Ophelia, a 350-acre permanently flooded lake / swale.

Major habitat types found on the refuge include: 8,400 acres bottomland forest, 4,200 acres reforestation and 3,400 acres cropland that are used to provide winter forage for migratory waterfowl, 500 acres of managed moist soil wetlands and 1,000 acres of lakes and bayous. 


 Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge was established in October 2000 with the purpose of conserving and restoring habitat for migratory birds, aquatic resources, and endangered plants and animals. Another goal is to promote resource management through the use of volunteers and partnerships. 


Brett Werhle, Project Leader

401 Island Road 
Marksville, LA 71351
(318) 253-4238
FAX: (318) 253-7139