Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge

Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to provide valuable waterfowl habitat in the Mississippi/Red River floodplain as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The 6,000 acre refuge is located in Avoyelles Parish outside of Marksville, Louisiana. Prior to clearing, this productive bottomland hardwood ecosystem provided ideal habitat for forest wildlife, but the shift toward agriculture and shallow marsh has made it more attractive to a wide variety of waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds. Due to its location in east-central Louisiana, the refuge is influenced by both the Mississippi and Central Flyways and the large expanses of shallow wetlands draw a diversity of waterfowl species.

Although Northern pintails, mallards, wood ducks, and green-winged teal are the dominant species, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, gadwall and American wigeon are also common during the fall and winter months. Large numbers of snow and white-fronted geese winter on the refuge. During the spring and summer months, a variety of migratory songbirds utilize the bayous, scattered forested tracts, and shallow marsh habitat. Numerous native species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and insects are common residents of the refuge. The Louisiana black bear and bald eagle are both threatened species that could potentially be observed on the refuge.

General Information

  • Brochure, with map, to view or download (PDF 1.0MB).
  • Hunting, Camping, Pets, and Fires are prohibited.
  • Activities and Reciational Opportunities include fishing, wildlife observation/photography and environmental education.
  • There  is vehicle access, but druvers must stay on public roads and parking areas, and ATVs are prohibited.

Contact Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge

U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
401 Island Road
Marksville, Louisiana  71351


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana
  • Rapides Parish, Louisiana

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