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    Take a hike or beat the heat...

    Big Branch Marsh's Visitor Center offers free indoor & outdoor activities for all ages!

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  • Fishing

    Learn the skills and fun of fishing!

    Kids ages 4-12 can register now for the 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Event held at Bogue Chitto NWR. Registration required, space is limited.

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Download and print hunting and fishing permits

Did you know that all plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges unless a specific refuge hunting season allows take?

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Since 1996, a 110-acre site in Lacombe, Louisiana, has served as the headquarters facility for eight national wildlife refuges in the southeast region.

Big Branch Marsh is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening at the Refuge

It’s Always a Good Time to Visit a National Wildlife Refuge

Wild Things Pan

If you're looking for something to do, get involved with one of our special events.

Find out what's going on at a refuge near you!
Page Photo Credits — Big Branch Marsh - ©Tom Carlisle, Canoeing - ©Bill Lang, Visitor Center - USFWS, Summer Camper - Laura Thomas/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015
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