Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. It lies between the Mississippi and Red Rivers beginning north of Lower Old River. Louisiana State Hwy. 15, Hwy. 910, and a gravel levee provide all weather access. Gravel oil field roads and numerous woods roads traverse the interior. Additional access is available by boat along the Red River and numerous bayous that traverse the WMA.
Richard K. Yancey WMA presently consists of 69,806 acres. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries owns 57,004 acres and an additional 12,802 acres is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The terrain is typically flat to depressed, with only significant changes in relief being elevated roads, levees, and a large man-made sand ridge. Numerous small lakes and bayous are formed by this relatively poor drainage pattern and a large portion of the land is subject to annual spring flooding by the Red and Mississippi Rivers. This highly productive spring overflow conditions produces excellent sport and commercial fishing.
Timber consists of mixed bottomland hardwood. The primary overstory species are bitter pecan, overcup oak, Nuttall oak, cypress, sweet pecan, honey locust, hackberry, sycamore, and green ash. Cottonwood and willow occur in almost pure stands along the man-made sand ridge.
Approximately 265,000 hardwood seedlings have been planted on approximately 800 acres of former agricultural lands. Abandoned oil well sites and rights-of-way are clipped annually and maintained as wildlife openings.
Game species attracting the greatest hunter participation are deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, woodcock, dove, and snipe. Furbearers available to trappers are raccoon, mink, nutria, beaver, bobcat, fox, otter, and coyote.
An annual public lottery alligator hunt allows successful applicants to take 3 alligators each.
The area offers excellent sport and limited commercial fishing opportunities. Species caught are bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Commercial species primarily caught are buffalo, carp, drum, gar, bowfin, and catfish. Craw fishing and frogging are also very popular on this area.
Endangered species which may occur on the Richard K. Yancey WMA are LA Black Bear and Bald Eagle.
A green tree reservoir and agricultural waterfowl projects are operational.
Five primitive camping areas are available and maintained by the Department. All weather access is provided and a source of potable water is available at the Shell Road camping area.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Opelousas Region Office, 5652 Hwy. 182, Opelousas, La. 70570. (337) 948-0255.