Located at the edge of Grand Lake, about 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, this 32,0000-acre refuge includes the huge freshwater impoundment, Lacassine Pool. Refuge canals, bayous and waterways in the refuge are open to boat travel during most of the year. Motors are restricted to 25 horsepower or less in Lacassine Pool; marshes outside the pool may be entered only by paddling and poling. Watch for wading and water birds such as ibis, roseate spoonbills and egrets, along with alligators, nutria and raccoons. Endangered species reported here include bald eagles, peregrine falcons and Louisiana black bears. The refuge offers fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife observation and hiking. If traveling west on Interstate 10, take exit 64 (Jennings) and travel south on Highway 26 to Lake Arthur, west on Highway 14 for 7 miles to Highway 3056, then south 4.5 miles. If eastbound on Interstate 10, take exit 54 (Welsh) and travel south on Highway 99 to Highway 14, east on Highway 14 for 3 miles to Highway 3056, then south 4.5 miles to the end of Highway 3056. Lacassine Pool lies at the end of Illinois Plant Road, 4.5 mile south of Highway 14. 3 miles east of Hayes. For more information see http://www.fws.gov/swlarefugecomplex/ or call 337-598-2216.