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University » Public Lands » Sabine Island WMA
Sabine Island WMA

wildlife-management-area-louisiana-logoSabine Island Wildlife Management Area is located in west-central Calcasieu Parish between Vinton and Starks. Access to the area can be attained by taking Louisiana Highway 109 north from Vinton or south from Starks and then taking the Nibblets Bluff Park road west from Louisiana Highway 109. The area is completely surrounded by water and access to the area can only be gained by boat.

Sabine Island is 8,743 acres in size and ownership is divided between the State Land Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

The area varies from low terrain subject to annual flooding for prolonged periods to winding ridges laced throughout the area. Access within is made possible by numerous bayous and sloughs. Sabine River forms the southern and western boundary; Old River and Big Bayou border the east and north.

The forest cover is composed of two major timber types, cypress-tupelo comprising approximately 85 percent with the remainder classed as pine hardwood. In the pine hardwood portions, white oaks, willow oak and sweetgum are found mixed with loblolly pine.

The major understory species found are smilax, rattan, arrowwood, Japanese honeysuckle, blackberries, dewberries and reproduction of the major hardwood species.

Annual prolonged flooding makes it impossible to have food plots. Due to the timber type composition burning can not be employed to help manipulate the habitat for wildlife.

Game species hunted are squirrel, rabbit, deer, woodcock and waterfowl. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. Major furbearing species are raccoon, opossum, mink, bobcat and nutria.

The area offers excellent fishing, both sport and commercial, year-round.

Due to its location and abundant waterways, much recreation is derived from water skiing and boating.

Self-clearing permits are required to access Sabine Island. Additional information and maps may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601. Phone (337) 491-2575.

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