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Old October 18th, 2010
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Default Soda Lake access closed

In case ya’ll haven’t seen it, here is the press release that was posted on Friday the regarding loss of access to Soda Lake WMA due to cancellation of the Lawler easement.

L.D.W.F. Issues Advisory on Access to Soda Lake Wildlife Management AreaRelease Date: 10/15/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is alerting the public that access to Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) via Soda Lake Drive is no longer possible.

Primary access points into the WMA, located in Caddo Parish north of Shreveport, will remain LA Hwy. 169 on the northern end of the property and Dixie Blanchard Road on the southern end.

The cancellation of an access agreement by an adjacent private landowner has closed the Soda Lake Drive access point on the southwestern boundary of the WMA, as well as eliminating access to the trailhead for the ATV / UTV trail.

Until further notice, ATV use on Soda Lake WMA will be restricted to game retrieval purposes only. UTVs are not allowed. Consult WMA Regulations for details regarding ATV use for game retrieval.

For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at jjohnson@wlf.la.gov or 318-371-3050.

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Submitted by sudo on Fri, 10/15/2010 - 2:11pm
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I wish they never would have changed the rules and allowed ATV's at all! Period.
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They probably feel the same way. From what I understand allowing ATVs to start with was not a local idea w/ LDWF. I'm pretty sure the man that had the road opened and then turned around and got it closed a year later, was also the reason for ATVs being allowed. I think the whole reason he wanted road open to start with was so he could ride a golf cart on part of the WMA. The road getting opened and the ATV/UTV trail were forced on local LDWF from higher up because higher up had got a call from the local state rep that was griping about it because the old man that had wanted it open had called state rep. Hope that made sense. Ironic that the same old man a year later dropped the easement and won't let anyone in that way now. This is one more instance of politician got involved in a department matter and top of department caved instead of backing their feild people. I guess it is what it is. At least for now it's ATV for retrieval only, unless the riders are the yahoos from the subdivision. Hope they catch them and impound all thier wheelers.
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