Description - Bayou Bodcau in LA and AR is a flood-control project with no permanent pool. A major waterfowl management and upland game management area is located here. The cabin of an original settler of the area is available for use by the public in classroom study.
- There is no permanent pool at this flood control dam. However, Bossier Parish maintains Ivan Lake on 520 acres of reservoir lands. A major waterfowl and upland game management and hunting area is open to the public. From Shreveport, 20 mi E on I-20, then N on LA 157 to Bellevue, 2 mi N on county road.
Recreation - Bayou Bodcau is a 36,000 acre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that is jointly managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Both agencies work together to manage wildlife, aquatic and all other natural resources to ensure that they are sustained for future generations to enjoy. Other activities available to the public include wildlife viewing, bird watching, picnicking and sightseeing. The LDWF also operates a free rifle range. Targets, sand bags and ear plugs are provided. A pavilion is available for group gatherings, and twenty campsites with full water and electric hookups are offered.
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.
From Shreveport,go 20 miles east on I-20 then North on LA 157 to Bellevue, 2 miles North on a county road. A map is available above on this page.