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Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Western Acadiana, Louisiana

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  • Sign at the offices of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • The refuge has a duel boat ramp at Joseph Harbor.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • An egret standing in the wildlife refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • Crabbing and fishing at the East End Boat Locks in the wildlife refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • A brown pelican stands on pilings near the boat launch.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • Largely inaccessible to the public, the wildlife refuge supports large populations of native and migratory birds.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • Price Lake Road is one of the primary accessible areas of interest in the refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • A snowy egret in the wildlife refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • Regulations posted at the entrance gate for Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • Brown pelicans gather near the observation deck at the end of Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • The drive through Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • A roseate spoonbill forages in the marsh at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • The fishing dock at Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • The observation tower at Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
  • The observation tower at Price Lake Road.- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundance of wildlife.
Cons: 
Some accessible portions are seasonal, Can only be accessed with valid fishing or hunting permit
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Region:
Western Acadiana, LA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State fishing or hunting permit is required.
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is a state-owned Department of Wildlife and Fisheries-managed refuge of about 71,000 acres in Cameron and Vermilion parishes in southwest Louisiana. The land was originally donated to the state by the Rockefeller foundation in 1919. Over that time, beach erosion has reduced the size of the refuge by about 15,000 acres of land. The refuge stretched along about 26.5 miles of the Gulf Coast.

Largely closed to the public, Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has been used extensively in research for wildlife, fisheries, and wetlands studies. The refuge is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation. Surveys have observed 160,000 wintering birds on the refuge, with neotropical migratory birds also stopping here in large numbers.

Recreationally, there are few opportunities for the public here. Hunting, kayaking and canoeing are not permitted, and general use of the boat locks are restricted from December until March to avoid disturbing overwintering waterfowl. Open to the public are the East End Boat Locks and fishing docks. Two boat ramps enter the water, and docks just down the road are popular for fishing, shrimping and crabbing. 

Slightly west of the refuge offices is Price Lake Road, a gravel road also subject to seasonal closure from December 1 until March 1. Price Lake Road travels for about 2 miles along marsh to a fishing dock and observation tower. Many of varying species of birds inhabiting the wildlife refuge can be seen throughout this area.

From March 1 until December 1, Price Lake Road is open from sunrise until sunset. All visitors entering the wildlife refuge at any time must possess a state fishing license. Further information can be found here

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