Attakapas WMA Crew Boat Chute Deadfall Enhancement

Restoration Strategy: To restore 250 acres of moist-soil habitat on Attakapas WMA through installation of a water control structure and minor levee repair. A functional levee exists on the southern portion of the unit due to the extension of Crew Boat Chute in 1999 by Hunt Oil Company. The water control structure was installed through an existing ridge on an old waterway, which was the historic connection of Crew Boat Chute to the Atchafalaya River. This project will allow habitat managers to manipulate water levels to provide ideal foraging habitat conditions when the majority of the Atchafalaya River Basin is experiencing unfavorable elevated water depths. Early migratory waterfowl will benefit from increased moist-soil production and favorable water levels. The LDWF will manage the area to maintain high quality moist-soil habitat for wintering waterfowl, while providing additional duck hunting opportunities for local waterfowlers.

Location: Approximately 10 miles north of Franklin, LA (St. Mary Parish)

Acres Impacted: 250 acres

Habitat Type: Moist-Soil Wetlands

Partners:  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Ducks Unlimited, Inc

Timeline:  Project was completed in spring 2004

DU Contact: 

Bob Dew

Regional Biologist
646 Cajundome Blvd., Ste. 180
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 291-3065