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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail

Western Crossroads, Louisiana

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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail

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  • The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area is a large area of land in south central Louisiana.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • A trail kiosk has information on birds that may be visible in the area along with a log book for hikers and visitors to record bird sightings.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • The trailhead at White Lake Wetlands Birding and Nature Trail.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • An information kiosk sits in the parking area with information about the greater wetlands conservation area.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • A network of several short trails are in the area. A bridge takes visitors to the interior trails.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • A shaded sitting area sits beside the pond. - White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • All of the trails that make up the Birding and Nature trail system can be walked in a relatively short time.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • Wetlands and agricultural land surround the hiking area.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • An observation deck at the far end of the trails provides a good destination.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • Views from the Birding and Nature Trail observation deck.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • Tree-lined paths make up the outer trail.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
  • Wildlife is visible in the air and in the ponds and wetlands near the trails.- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding + Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife viewing opportunities.
Cons: 
Small.
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Region:
Western Crossroads, LA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
12.00 ft (3.66 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
4.00 ft (1.22 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
Total elevation gain: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
12.00 ft (3.66 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

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The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area is an area with over 53,000 acres of marsh and 18,000 acres of leased agricultural and cropland property in the south central Louisiana area. It is operated with the aim of providing habitat for waterfowl and migrating bird species. While the land has a history of private ownership by the oil industry, the land was given to the state of Louisiana in 2002. The state ultimately transferred control to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2005. Though expansive, the conservation area has very little public access.

The primary access is through an annual lottery-based fishing license and at the Birding and Nature Trail, which is open year round. The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Birding and Nature Trail is actually a small network of trails consisting of an outer loop and inner trails. The outer trail follows a canal straight to the back of the trail network where an observation tower stands overlooking vast tracts of conservation area property. The inner trails circle a small pond and have a shaded sitting area. Wetlands and the surrounding canals are good for wildlife viewing; a number of birds can be seen here, along with turtles and alligators under the right conditions.

Though the trails are short, their isolated location and position within a larger conservation area contribute to calm atmosphere with an abundance of birds and wildlife. Kiosks in the parking area offer information on migratory birds and the conservation area.

The trails are open daily from sunrise until sunset, and pets are not allowed. For more information, see the WLWCA website.

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