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Established in 1988 to primarily protect waterfowl and its habitat, Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge is located in Avoyelles Parish in east central Louisiana. This 18,000 acre refuge is a mix of bottomland hardwood forests, open fields and croplands crisscrossed with meandering bayous, streams, lakes ponds and the Red River that provides homes for a diversity of wildlife. The refuge is named for its most prominent water body, the 350 acre Lake Ophelia was at one time a channel of the nearby Red River. that are more frequently seen include white-tailed deer, squirrels, little blue herons, night herons, and barred owls. Many songbirds and wading birds arrive in the spring, and the waters are full of game fish such as channel catfish, largemouth bass and crappie (white perch).

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