Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge - Price Lake Unit

Restoration Strategy: To restore 7,000 acres of coastal marsh in the Price Lake Unit of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge through installation of two water control structures. This project involves removal of two non-functional outlet weirs and installation of two new weirs with state-of-the-art water management capabilities. The new devices will each have four 48" automatic aluminum flap-gated culverts and weir board drop inlets. Completion of this project will re-establish historic marsh vegetation and increase seed productivity by encouraging more abundant emergent and aquatic vegetation. The marshes in southwest Louisiana provide habitat for a variety of waterfowl species including gadwall, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, northern pintails, mallards, mottled ducks, ring-necked ducks, and lesser scaup. The LDWF will manage these structures to maintain proper water depths for production of submerged aquatic vegetation and moist-soil wetlands.

Location: Approximately 10 miles east of Grand Chenier, LA (Cameron Parish)

Acres Impacted: 7,000 acres

Habitat Type: Coastal Marsh
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

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

Timeline:  Project was completed in spring 1991

DU Contact: 

Bob Dew

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