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New limited access areas on Atchafalaya Delta WMA are in effect through Jan. 31

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding users of Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that new limited access areas (LAA) are in effect through Jan. 31.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to expand the areas on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA during its April meeting.

Operation of internal combustion engines inside LAA boundaries is prohibited from Sept. 1 - Jan. 31. However, hunters and fishermen may access and navigate LAA via the use of paddles, push poles or electric trolling motors. Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter an LAA as long as the boat’s internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed propellers must adhere to the no operation rule. Access is allowed within the large active passes within the LAA. 

Boundaries of the LAA are marked with signs on the Main Delta of the WMA. However, the Wax Lake Delta LAA are marked by a combination of signs or GPS coordinates. Users of Atchafalaya Delta WMA are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these areas prior to their visit. To view maps of the LAA and passes that can be accessed go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32639 .

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