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Alligator on bayou bank with open mouth photo by Jo Anne Dolan

Phone Numbers/Email

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters Phone: 985-882-2000

Law Enforcement: 985-882-2041

Refuge Manager: 985-882-2030


Headquarters and Visitor Center Address

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex
61389 Highway 434
Lacombe, LA 70445 

Download a map of the Refuge here. (236 KB PDF)

How to get to Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge:

Located approximately 40 miles north of New Orleans along the Louisiana-Mississippi line, the Refuge encompasses 36,500 acres of the Pearl River Basin, most of which is accessible only by boat. The Refuge's remoteness is a draw for many visitors, who canoe, bird watch, fish, hunt, hike, and camp within the Refuge.

From Louisiana I-59: To reach the southern tip of the Refuge take the Pearl River Turnaround/Exit 11. Coming from the south turn right from the exit, or coming from the north turn left. This takes you to a fishing access site with a nature trail and egret rookery. Coming from I-59 south turn left from exit 11, or coming from I-59 north turn right, to reach other Refuge access points and the Holmes Bayou hiking trail. The Refuge can also be accessed from Locks 1,2, and 3 by taking Hwy 41 north of Slidell.

From Mississippi: To reach the east side of the Refuge take I-59 to Picayune, Mississippi. Take Hwy 43 north to Wakiah Bluff Water Park or to Dumas Wise Rd. to access the Refuge.

Know before you go:

Public boat launches are available in Louisiana at Lock 1, Fisherman’s Landing Road, Lock 3, and Poole’s Bluff. In Mississippi public launches are at Walkiah Bluff Water Park, and off Pine Grove Rd. at Hobochitto Creek.

Hunting, fishing, and camping are allowed within the Refuge. Download the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Fishing and Camping Regulations for guidance and regulations.

Motorized vehicles are allowed only on public roads and designated parking areas.

Water levels fluctuate from the summer months when the river is at its lowest, to high flood stages in the winter and spring. Over 90% of the Refuge can become flooded during these seasonal high river periods, creating numerous sloughs, bayous and lakes. Check local conditions before planning a trip.

Bogue Chitto NWR is closed to hunting (except waterfowl), and camping when the water level at the Pearl River, LA station is at 15.5 feet or higher. The US Geological Survey (USGS) river level gauge reading can be found here.