The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge which is located in Cameron and Vermilion parishes will remain closed until further notice. The reason for the closure is because of the significant damage the refuge experienced during the landfall of Hurricane Laura on August 27th.

The notice from the LDWF explicitly noted that all public fishing areas, including piers and boat docks, are closed for the foreseeable future. In fact, the public is encouraged to avoid the refuge as recovery efforts are still underway in that part of the state.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge consists of 71,000 acres of wetlands, lands, and marsh areas. It borders on 26.5 miles of the Gulf of Mexico and extends inland toward Grand Chenier ridge. The original piece of land that was donated to the state for the Rockefeller Refuge was estimated to be over 86,000 acres but a large portion of that landmass has been lost due to coastal erosion.

No hunting is allowed on the refuge, however, some trapping allowed. The area is a popular spot for fishermen and boaters because of its abundant shellfish populations. Many Louisiana sportsmen visit the refuge to try their luck at harvesting shrimp, crab, red drum, speckled trout, black drum, and largemouth bass as well.