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Grand Cote
National Wildlife Refuge

401 Island Road
Marksville, LA   71351
E-mail: lakeophelia@fws.gov
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Children observing wetlands on Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education: Programs and tours for schools or other groups can be arranged by contacting the refuge headquarters in advance.

Fishing: The refuge is open year-round for fishing only in Coulee Des Grues along Little California Road. A popular crawfishing season is opened in late spring. Crawfishing permit will have detailed information regarding the season.

Hunting: Currently there is no hunting allowed on the refuge. However, the refuge is proposing to open some areas to limited hunting beginning in the fall of 2003.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photograpy: Wildlife observation and photography opportunities are available throughout the year. There are a number of hiking trails accessible from designated parking areas. Waterfowl can be seen during the winter months and migratory songbirds, shorebirds, and wading birds during the spring and summer.

The refuge headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. The refuge is open everyday during daylight hours.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees are required to use the refuge.

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