You can access the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area – located about six miles east of Slidell and one mile east of the town of Pearl River – either by car, from old Highway 11, or by boat. Several ramps are located along U.S. Highway 90; concrete ramps are available at Davis and Crawford Landings, and a commercial ramp is located at Old Indian Village. The ramps along U.S. Highway 90 and those at Davis and Crawford Landings have ample parking space.
This 35,000-acre area is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. There are numerous streams and bayous for fishing, canoeing and boating. Several ponds are located on the northern end of the area along I-59. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, feral hogs, turkeys, waterfowl and woodcock are found here, along with beaver, nutria, mink, opossum, raccoon and bobcat. An alligator hunting season is open in September on a permit basis.
The bald eagle occurs along the streams and lakes in the fall and winter and the golden eagle can be seen occasionally. Swallowtail kites and ospreys are frequently seen. Camping is available at the Crawford Landing.. For more information see Pearl River Wildlife or call 225-765-2360.