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National Wildlife Refuge

Dempsey Lake on the Bushley Bayou Unit of the Catahoula NWR.
210 Catahoula NWR Road
Jonesville, LA   71343
E-mail: catahoula@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-992-5261
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Dempsey Lake on the Bushley Bayou Unit of the Catahoula NWR.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education is a very important refuge program. Programs and tours can be arranged by contacting the refuge headquarters in advance for school and group programs and tours.

Fishing opportunities are available on Cowpen Bayou and the Highway 28 borrow pits year-round. All other Headquarters Unit waters, including Muddy Bayou, Duck Lake, and Willow Lake, are opened to fishing from March 1-October 31. The Bushley Bayou Unit is open for fishing year-round. Largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish are the most sought after species. Crawfishing is allowed year-round on the Bushley Bayou Unit.

Portions of the refuge are open for small game, white-tailed deer, and waterfowl hunting. Permits are required and special regulations apply. Please contact the refuge headquarters for specific information.

Interpretative panels are located throughout the refuge. A one mile self-guided hiking trail is available on the Headquarters Unit. Films are available for small groups upon request at the refuge office.

Wildlife Observation
Facilities at the refuge include a nine-mile wildlife drive, an observation tower, foot trails, and several boat ramps. Access to the refuge interior between February and June is occasionally limited due to flooding. Over 175 species of birds have been observed on the refuge. The best locations for viewing wildlife is from the observation tower and along the wildlife drive during the fall and winter months and during spring migration.

Office hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday - Friday. Refuge lands are open to the public for daylight use only. Public access is from one hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees are charged.

Use Fees
None Required
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