Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

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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

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Lake Ophelia Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Kate Harrigan, National Chief of Hunting and Fishing, at katherine_harrigan@fws.gov

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist

Hunt Information

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The application period for 2017-18 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