Facility Activities

Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge offers many different opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, or wildlife observation, the refuge offers activities for every age and interest.

Available species include largemouth bass (minimum of 14 inches), black and white crappie (minimum of 10 inches) and white bass. Recreational fishing is permitted in Lake Ophelia, Duck Lake, Westcut Lake, Possum Bayou, Lake Long and in the immediate vicinity of the Lake St. Agnes drainage...

Hunting is available at 436 units (401 national wildlife refuges and 35 wetland management districts) of the National Wildlife Refuge System and almost 20 national fish hatcheries. Hunting is a priority public use at national wildlife refuges. Wildlife hunting is subject to sustainable limits and sometimes used as a management tool to keep wildlife populations in check. Hunters' purchase of Duck Stamps helps buy conservation lands. Hunters must have an appropriate state license.
Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.