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Upper Ouachita
National Wildlife Refuge

11372 Highway 143
Farmerville, LA   71363 - 0201
E-mail: northlarefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-726-4400
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Bald eagles, like this parent and chick on Upper Ouachita, are making a comeback on North Louisiana NWRs.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish are popular fishes caught from the refuge's many lakes, sloughs and creeks that are enriched annually by the backwater of the Ouachita River. Many anglers also fish the river. Three boat launches are available to access refuge waters.

Upper Ouachita NWR has four months of either sex archery deer hunting. Gun deer hunting is limited to several either sex weekend hunts. Waterfowl hunting is open during the state season including Youth Days with hunting until noon. Special teal season is limited to specific area. A limited youth hunt is offered in an otherwise closed area (guides and blinds are provided). Mourning dove, quail, woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and opossum may be hunted. Consult the hunting brochure for specific regulations.

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Several university wildlife management classes have visited Upper Ouachita NWR. There is a large interpretive panel at the southern most parking lot on the east side of the refuge. Most of the environmental education for the complex takes place at the Black Bayou Lake Environmental Education Center near Monroe

Wildlife Observation
Several roadways on the west side of the river offer easy access and may afford opportunities to observe and photograph deer, turkey, song birds and wintering waterfowl. The River Road is a particularly beautiful drive and wildlife is often spotted from vehicles. Roads are being improved to offer more public access on the east side of the refuge for viewing nesting bald eagles, northern harriers, wading birds, thousands of wintering ducks and geese and many other species. Plans are being developed for a raised observation platform on the east side.

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Portions of the refuge are open year round, 24 hours/day. The area within the levee on the east side of the refuge is closed to public entry with exception of the area south of the school board section and the wigeon ponds and the northern reservoir, which are open for fishing. Please consult the hunting and fishing brochure before entering the refuge.

Entrance Fees
Upper Ouachita NWR has no entrance fee.

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