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Birdwatchers Love White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area

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The 71,000-acre White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) is part of the Mermentau River Basin. Located just over seven miles south of the small town of Gueydan, White Lake Wetlands is home to many species of plants, birds and mammals, and is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The area is characterized by its extensive coastal marshes, and features large bird colonies such as the black-crowned night herons. The White Lake Wetlands also houses an ongoing restoration of a non-migratory whooping crane flock, a species that nearly became extinct in the 20th century. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provides a two-mile birding and nature trail that runs along the north side of the conservation area. The trail showcases habitats — from lakes and marshes to rice fields — that attract a diversity of bird species.

Group activities such as nature photography, birdwatching, educational field trips and business retreats are welcome during established dates. A skeet range is available for groups using the site for scheduled events.

Photo Credit: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries