Lacassine NWR’s 16,000 acre impounded freshwater marsh known as “Lacassine Pool” is subdivided into three units known as G1, G2, and G3.  The 6,000 acres within Unit G2, located at the southern end of the Pool below the east-west cross levee, is once again closed for de-watering in preparation for prescribed burning.  A prescribed burn will be conducted later this summer or fall, when appropriate water levels, weather, and necessary resources are available.

By closing off all water control structures from the rest of the Pool for de-watering, boat access into G2 will be limited. Fishing and limited boat access will be permitted in G2 while it is being de-watered with the following stipulations.  Only boats, outboard motors, and/or trolling motors that anglers can physically carry across refuge levees and roads to access unit G2 may be used. Boats are not permitted to be slid, winched, or jumped across levees or roads.  No anchoring of any kind is permitted on top of a levee or road.  Anchored boats may not block navigation or pose a hazard to passing boats.

A 500 yard  "No Wake Zone" designated with signs and a floating buoy will be available from Lacassine Pool’s Tidewater Road boat launch (West) in G1.  It will extend south to the east end of the cross levee that divides G1 from G2.  This zone will provide safe access for anglers with non-motorized boats to travel to the cross levee where they may carry equipment over into G2 if they wish. Normal boat passage will be restored once the G2 Unit has been successfully prescribed burned.

Water control structures in Lacassine Pool Units G1 and G3 will remain set to hold water at full Pool however water levels are constantly reduced by evaporation due to temperature and plant transpiration which increases as plant growth increases.

To help limit the spread of the invasive plant, Giant Salvinia, please remember to thoroughly clean boats and trailers after every fishing trip. Please do not litter and obey all safety regulations and signage.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

News Release
Department of the Interior / U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Cameron Prairie, Lacassine, Sabine and Shell Keys National Wildlife Refuges
1428 Highway 27 Bell City, LA 70630

Contact: Diane Borden-Billiot