Come Visit the Refuge
Endangered species numbers are few and their presence is always marked with special interest. The arctic peregrine falcon is an occasional visitor, and thanks to the refuge's three-year bald eagle reintroduction project, bald eagle sightings are common.Wildlife Viewing is Amazing !
About the Complex
Other refuges in the Central Louisiana Refuges Complex include: Grand Cote, Lake Ophelia and Catahoula refuges.
Lake Ophelia is managed as part of the Central Louisiana Refuges Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
On the Refuge
The application period for 2015-16 Lottery Primitive Firearm and Youth Deer hunts is now open through August 31. Please view our Refuge regulations brochure for more information.Hunt Application & Regulations Information
Check out this great visual information map for hunting and fishing on the refuge.Hunt Fishing Map
The Conservation Fund's Go Zero Program Bottomland Hardwoods Restoration Initiative.
The Grand Cote and Lake Opehlia Restoration Initiative presents a rare opportunity to restore native hardwood forests that will expand wildlife habitat, create new areas for public recreation and trap carbon dioxide.Conservation Fund Go Zero Program
Primitive Weapon Lottery Hunts and Youth Deer Hunts may be applied for during the month of August.
Click the link above to apply for lottery hunts and youth events at Lake Ophelia NWR
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017