Law Enforcement

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

 Non-emergency complaints of violation on refuge lands should be reported to Refuge Law Enforcement, (318) 253-4238. 


Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The law enforcement officers contribute to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.

To that end, the following common activities are prohibited on Lake Ophelia NWR:

  • Feeding, enticing, or harassing wildlife
  • Taking, collecting, or injuring wildlife or plants
  • Motorized vehicles off public roads, designated trails, and parking areas
  • Horseback riding
  • An annual recreational activity permit is required to fish or hunt on the refuge.

Click here for more information or to purchase an annual recreational activity permit. 

 For a more comprehensive list of prohibited activities on Lake Ophelia NWR, please refer to the Hunting and Fishing Regulations. Lake Ophelia Hunt Map