Special Recreational Activity Permits and Lottery Hunt Applications

All hunters are encouraged to purchase permits on-line. 

Click here to see when you can Purchase Permits or Apply for a Lottery Hunt 

Lake Ophelia Hunt Brochure

Lake Ophelia Hunt Fishing Refuge Map

The Central LA NWR Special Recreational Activity Permit applies to all refuges within the complex (Lake Ophelia, Grand Cote, and Catahoula).


Permits may also be purchased at Kate and Ivy’s Grocery store, located seven miles north of Marksville on Highway 452 before arriving at Lake Ophelia. Cash only.

Permits are also available at the Refuge Headquarters located at Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge, seven miles west of Marksville, LA on Highway 1194, Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, excluding federal holidays. Cash only.

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.

Refuge permits authorize participation in all refuge hunting and fishing except quota primitive firearm and youth deer hunts.

The permit must be signed and in your possession whenever hunting, fishing, or using an ATV on the refuge, and acknowledges your understanding of refuge regulations.