Received as a donation made available through federal bankruptcy proceedings, Big Colewa Bayou Wildlife Management Area consists of six separate units totaling 899 acres within West Carroll Parish. Most of the property was farmland prior to being acquired by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The limited forest resource on the various tracts includes timber species such as willow oak, water oak, sweetgum, hackberry, sassafras, cedar elm, American elm, pignut hickory, and delta post oak. Bald cypress, green ash, bitter pecan, overcup oak, and black willow are found along small stream drainages. Principle understory and mid-story species are palmetto, rattan, greenbrier, trumpet creeper, poison ivy, peppervine, Japanese honeysuckle, hawthorn, deciduous holly, and swamp dogwood. Approximately 400 acres of agricultural land have been planted in hardwood trees by department personnel.
Archery hunting for deer is available along with rabbit hunting. The most popular sport on Big Colewa Bayou WMA is dove hunting in the sunflower fields planted by department employees on the Bearskin Unit of the WMA.
There are no camping areas on Big Colewa Bayou.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203.