Plan Your Visit

 Directions, Address, and Contact Info

Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles northeast Of Marksville LA on Hwy 452.  From LA1 in Marksville take Highway 452 north towards the community of Brouillette.. Past the community of Brouillette, Hwy 452 will turn to gravel and is called Lake Long Road the refuge entrance is 1 mile from the where the pavement ends.  The refuge check station is located approximately 3.5 miles from where the pavement ends.

 The refuge office is located at 401 Island Road just west of Marksville, LA near the community of Fifth Ward. The office can be reached by taking LA. Hwy. 1194 south from LA. Hwy. 1, to Island Road. 

For more information you may call our office at 318-2453-4238

Lake Ophelia NWR provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Roads throughout the refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limits. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.

Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Horseback riding is not authorized on the refuge.

Fishing and hunting is allowed on over 12,000 acres of the refuge. Special refuge regulations apply. 

Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.


For questions about recreation, please contact the refuge office 318-253-4238.