The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting bids and lottery applications for five available houseboat mooring sites at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area in Plaquemines Parish. 

Two successful bidders will be awarded a five-season lease agreement allowing houseboat mooring from Sept. 1 to March 15 for the duration of the lease. 

The three remaining mooring permits will be awarded by a random lottery drawing for one-year permits to use assigned mooring pilings at designated sites in Southeast Pass. 

The permit for the lottery sites also provides the same Sept. 1 to March 15 mooring privileges, according to the release.

Permits issued allow for outdoor opportunities including hunting, fishing and boating, but no permit holder or guest may act as a hunting guide, outfitter or in any capacity for which they are paid for services rendered on the WMA, the release states. 

The minimum bid for the lease bid applications is $300 per year, and the first year’s bid amount must accompany the application.  

Lottery applications must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for $300.

Payments from bidders that successfully secure a permit are non-refundable. Non-selected bidders’ checks and money orders will be returned. 

Likewise, lottery winners’ fees are non-refundable. The fees of applicants not selected will be returned. 

Additional information on both the lottery and lease bid process, as well as applications for both, are available by clicking here

Lease bid application packets will be opened on July 31 at 10:30 a.m. at LDWF’s Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70808. The public can attend and all winning bidders not present will be notified by phone. 

Lottery winners will be notified in writing by August 15, 2014.