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Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. Two tracts totaling some 63,000 acres are accessible mainly by boat, though portions can be accessed by foot. Major waterways in the area are Blind River and The Reserve Flood Relief Canal. There are nine permit stations located throughout the area where the public can acquire required permits to enter the area. Topography consists of flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Heavy rains accompanied with east winds cause extensive flooding of the area for days at a time. Waterfowl are abundant here, along with whitetailed deer, squirrels, rabbits and raccoons. Freshwater fish include largemouth bass, perch and crappie. Contract trapping for alligators and permit trapping for nutria is allowed each year. Bald eagles nest in and around the area. Boating and several other forms of recreation allowed on the area. For more information see www.conservationfund.org or call 225-765-2360.