Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017, for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). For profit or commercial activities are prohibited.
White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2017 group use dates.
The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which includes freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and an experimental population of whooping cranes.
White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. This property supports migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules and many species of raptors. Several large breeding rookeries of wading birds are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2017 are as follows:
SCHEDULE FOR OTHER PUBLIC USES AND NATURE TRIPS AT WHITE LAKE WCA
Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017.
Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.
FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE
Day Use (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)
$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)
$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.
Exemptions from day-use lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
$400 + $25/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with only linens provided.
(For up to 12 people.)
$400 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
$900 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
Exemptions from overnight lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) - $10/person/25 clay pigeons; $15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.
Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.
Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) -$10/person/ride. Limited to authorized function attendees.
Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.
LDWF reserves the right to schedule other public use activities and nature trips, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.
For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org .