If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider visiting a National Wildlife Refuge! Wildlife observation activities are available on hundreds of national wildlife refuges throughout the nation. From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.
When visiting Tensas River NWR, take a walk on the Hollow Cypress boardwalk to the observation tower overlooking our cooperative farming units. Also visit the Rainey Lake trail to see what the Rainey Brake Observatory and Rainey Lake piers have to offer. And don't forget to go for a drive on the Wildlife Drive, a 4.5 mile driving loop where you have good chances of seeing songbirds, white-tailed deer, Louisiana black bears, and much, much more! Please click here for a virtual, printable bird species check-list. For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Tensas River NWR, contact the refuge at 318-574-2664.