Facts About Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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- Established as an overlay refuge with a free, 99-year management lease on Black Bayou Lake through a unique partnership with the City of Monroe.
- Approximately 4,600 acres in size (6,000 acres in approved acquisition boundary).
- The existing refuge consists of pristine wetlands associated with a 1600-acre, shallow, cypress-studded lake, riparian areas, upland mixed pine and hardwoods, and reforested former agricultural fields.
- The area provides excellent habitat for wetland-dependent fish and wildlife such as waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical migrants, reptiles, and game fish.
- Protect and enhance habitat for endangered species, waterfowl, neotropical migrants, and resident wildlife.
- Provide environmental education/ interpretation in a semi-urban setting.
- Provide high quality recreational fishing and hunting opportunities.
- Protect the long-term water quality of Black Bayou Lake.
- Forest management including reforestation.
- Public education/interpretation.
- Public fishing and hunting.
- Law enforcement.
- Partnerships and volunteer program.
- Control of invasive exotics.
- Visitor Center for North Louisiana Refuges Complex
- Conservation Learning Center with Discovery Room and Aquarium Room
- Arboretum with nearly 150 labeled Louisiana native tree and woody shrub species
- Prairie Demonstration Area
- Nature Trail, Wildlife Pier and Amphitheater/pavilion
- Raised Observation Deck
- Photo Blind
- Boat Launch
- Resident volunteer RV sites
An egret and its reflection. Photo ©Burg Ransom.