Catahoula NWR was established in 1958 as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl. Most of the Refuge's approximately 25,000 acres are lowland hardwood forests subject to backwater flooding from the Ouachita, Black, and Red Rivers.
Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of activities for visitors. Thousands of people visit the refuge each year to take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, wildlife photography and observation, and fishing.
Refuge staff use a variety of tools to manage wildlife populations and habitat on Catahoula NWR while maintaining opportunities for the public to participate in recreational activities like hunting and fishing.
The Refuge is part of the Central Louisiana Refuges Complex administered out of the Grand Cote NWR headquarters office located at 401 Island Road, Marksville, LA 71351. This brochure gives the visitor a variety of information of interest.
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