Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Updated:05/2020

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. Two tracts totaling some 61,633 acres were donated to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the summer of 2001.  Between 2002 and 2011, LDWF added nearly 12,000 acres to the WMA through acquisitions and donations.  In early 2012, LDWF acquired from The Conservation Fund an additional 29,630 acres, formerly known as the MC Davis tract, which joined the existing east and west WMA tracts for public outdoor recreation use. The WMA acreage now totals 103,263.

The majority of access into the area is by boat, but there are several portions that can be accessed by foot. Major highways crossing through the area are Interstate 10, Interstate 55, US  61, US 51, and LA 641. Major waterways in the area are Blind River and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. There are 13 check stations located throughout the area where the public can obtain required self clearing permits to enter the area.

Major topography consists of flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Water levels in this area are influenced by rain, wind, and tides.  Heavy rains accompanied with east winds cause extensive flooding of the area for days at a time. Other vegetation found on the WMA  includes bulltongue, cattail, submerged aquatics, red maple, American elm, sugarberry, Nutall oak, water oak, and obtusa oak. Invasive species include water hyacinth, Bidens sp. “fourchette," and an aquatic fern known as common salvinia. The presence of this invasive vegetation has made much of the area unsuitable for the large numbers of waterfowl that historically overwintered in this vast swamp.


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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
42371 Phyllis Ann Drive
Hammond, LA  70403
Phone: (985) 543-4777

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