The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed several wildlife management areas to all activities because of flooding, including Bayou Pierre, Big Lake, Boeuf, Loggy Bayou and Russell Sage.

Upcoming turkey seasons on Boeuf, Big Lake and Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Areas will likely be impacted, according to a press release. 

On Friday morning, LDWF also closed turkey season on Grassy Lake WMA in Avoyelles Parish because of flooding.

Several roads have also been closed in the Grassy Lake WMA, including North Bayou Natchitoches Road, Bayou Natchitoches Road from the Bayou Des Sot Bridge to Smith Bay and Cas Cas Road.

The area is currently inundated with floodwater and water levels are forecast to continue to rise.

Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused extensive backwater flooding on several wildlife management areas, which are almost completely inaccessible by vehicle. Once the water recedes, the areas will be assessed for reopening, the release states. 

Big Lake WMA is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes and is approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert, north of Highway 4.

Boeuf WMA is located in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes, north and south of Highway 4, approximately 10 miles southeast of Columbia.

Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell Parishes, approximately 7 miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville.

Bayou Pierre WMA is located in northwest Red River and east-central Desoto Parishes, 20 miles south of Shreveport.

Loggy Bayou WMA is located in Bossier Parish approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City.

For more information on the closures, click here.