Welcome to Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge was established on October 27, 2000 as the 526th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is located near the town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, which is 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. The refuge was established to conserve, restore, and manage native forested wetland habitats for migratory birds, aquatic resources, and endangered and threatened plants and animals. Additionally, it was created to encourage the use of volunteers and facilitate partnerships among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local communities, and conservation organizations to promote public awareness of resources of the refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Getting There . . .Driving Directions to the Refuge --
From U.S. Highway 61 go north of St. Francisville to Highway 66 and turn left (west toward Angola). After 1.5 miles, turn left on Solitude Road. Go about 3.5 miles and turn right at the refuge sign. Go another 1.5 miles to the refuge entrance. Enjoy your visit to Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge!
For Recent Bird Sightings, click here.
For a Special Use Permit Form for Research Activities, click here.
For a Special Use Permit Form for Commercial Activities, click here.
For a Special Use Permit Form for General Activities, click here.
For Special Use Permit Instructions, click here.
The Big Tree Trail has several trees down along the path. Visitors are welcome to walk around them. However, a maintenance crew will be at Cat Island NWR on Monday, September 10, 2012 to begin cleanup.
The Blue Goose ATV Trail has been extended quite a distance in order to give hunters access to the northern-most property. The trail will open for use on September 22, 2012.