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Three new fishing piers/boat docks opened recently at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

New fishing piers, docks open at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

(July 8) — Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has long been a fishing hotbed for the public in southwest Louisiana and Cameron Parish. With the completion of recreational enhancements last week at Rockefeller, there are now more spots for the angling public to enjoy, including two handicap accessible fishing piers.

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CHICOT STATE PARK TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC TODAY

BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov, Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of State Parks announce the reopening of Chicot State Park in Ville Platte to the public. The south campground and cabins are available for reservations, effective immediately for stays beginning today. The day-use area – including boat launch, fishing piers, pavilions, picnic sites, the water playground, and the meeting room – will also reopen today.

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LDWF Participating in Safe Boating Week from May 16-22

LDWF Participating in Safe Boating Week from May 16-22
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division will be participating in “Safe Boating Week” from May 16-22, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.
LDWF will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week. Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

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LDWF buildings reopen statewide on May 18

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be opening its offices in phases beginning Friday, May 15, at its headquarters in Baton Rouge and across the state on Monday, May 18.

The Baton Rouge office, located at 2000 Quail Drive, is opening earlier to focus on the large number of customers expected to be seeking licenses for brown shrimp season, which opens May 18. Because of the volume expected to seek shrimping licenses, LDWF asks those requiring other services to wait until May 18.

The office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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LDWF Hunter, Boater Education Classes canceled

LDWF Hunter, Boater Education Classes for May Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
All Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hunter and in-person boater education classes in May have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge state competition set for May 30 has been canceled.
LDWF is still offering students an online boating education class option at https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/boater-education.

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