Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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Apply for Hunts and Purchase Permits

Use this link to go directly to the applications and permits page.

Application and Permits

On the Refuge

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Lake Ophelia NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

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Hunt Information

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The application period for 2020-21 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

Hunt Fishing Map

Check out this great visual information map for hunting and fishing on the refuge.

Hunt Fishing Map

Conservation Fund

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
Come Visit the Refuge

Falcons and Eagles

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

Central Louisiana Refuges Complex

Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Louisiana Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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