Sept. 10, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area. The WMA, which contains acreage in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes, had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.
Due to flood water still overtopping the road, the Hope Canal boat launch access road will remain closed until the water recedes and the road can be cleared of debris and is deemed safe for vehicular traffic. Additionally, Maurepas Swamp WMA users are advised that local parishes have some waterways within and around the WMA closed at this time. WMA users are advised to consult with the respective parish Sheriff’s Office to ensure the waterways they intend to traverse are open before attempting to utilize the WMA.
LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges: Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and that part of Pearl River WMA north of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed.
For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.
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