Features

  • Huntingx218

    Hunting

    Hunting is one of the many activities at Lacassine. Here is all the information you need to start your hunting adventure!

    Learn More

  • Fishingx218

    Fishing

    Fishing has been the most popular activity since Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge was established!

    Learn More

  • VolunteerRotator-Billiot

    Become a Volunteer!

    If you are passionate about refuges, wildlife, or people, then volunteering may be for you!

    Learn More

Featured Pages

News Releases

Check here for the most current news releases from the SWLA Refuge Complex.

Learn more

Cooperative Rice Farming Opportunity Available at Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently seeking rice farmers interested in cooperatively farming 500 acres of agricultural land for 2018-2022. The area is located on the Lacassine NWR, Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Unit F, also known as the Coto Plot Unit, has been farmed (rice) on a rotational basis for the past 25 years. Annually, 150 to 250 acres are planted. Interested farmers need to be aware of the following: 1. The crop share is based on an 80/20 harvest ratio for the first and second rice crop. The Refuge does accept plantings of Japanese Millet in lieu of taking the government’s 20% in rice harvest for the first crop only. 2. Cooperative Agreements are negotiated on a five year basis. 3. Water management and pesticide usage must be discussed. Interested farmers or corporations should contact the Refuge Manager Glenn Harris at (337) 598-2216 to discuss further or for site tour. An example copy of the Cooperative Farming agreement is available on request.

Lacassine NWR Cooperative Rice Farming Opportunity Available

American Alligator

GatorPromo

The American alligator is the state reptile of Louisiana and for good reason! Alligator sightings are a common occurrence in warm weather.

Learn more

White Ibis

WhiteIbis-Millsx150

The white ibis is commonly seen in the shallow marshes of Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge looking for food. Their curved bills make them easily spotted among other wading birds.

Learn more
Get Involved

Southwest Louisiana Friends Group

Friendsx150

Friends of SWLA NWR & Wetlands is a non-profit organization of volunteers committed to the support of the Refuge System.

Learn more

About the Complex

Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

NWRS Logo

The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS