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Indian Bayou

army-corps-engineers-logoIndian Bayou, located in the Morganza Floodway system of the Atchafalaya Basin, is situated in St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes, between the Atchafalaya River and the West Protection Guide Levee.

The area is classified as bottomland hardwoods with four dominant tree species associations: (1) cottonwood-sycamore, (2) oak-gum-hackberry-ash, (3) willow-cypress-ash, (4) overcup oak-bitter pecan. Midstory species encompass seedlings of dominant species along with boxelder, maple, red mulberry, and rough-leaf dogwood. Ground cover is sparse, in areas, due to shading out and prolonged inundation. In those areas where habitat improvement, in the way on timber management, has taken place, the ground cover is very dense and provides excellent habitat for many species of game and non-game species. Common species found include rattan, greenbriar, rubus, trumpet creeper, virginia creeper, poison ivy, and milkweed. Much of the area supports a lush stand of fern.

Hunting for deer, squirrel, and woodcock may be rated as good, while rabbit hunting rated as fair. Waterfowl hunting can be seasonal, depending on many factors, but the opportunities to hunt waterfowl are excellent. Turkey hunting is very good on this bottomland hardwood area. Development and management have improved access, habitat, wildlife populations, and public use on the Indian Bayou property.

An annual permit is required to hunt on the Indian Bayou Area. Permits have changed this year. Permits are now located as a cut-out on the front panel of the Guide to Hunting on Indian Bayou brochure. The brochure will be maintained on all informational bulletin boards throughout the project. They may also be downloaded from this webpage or picked up at the project office. The Project office is located at 112 Speck Lane Port Barre, LA 70577. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone (337) 585-0853

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