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Bayou Sauvage
National Wildlife Refuge

(mailing address)
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA   70445
E-mail: southeastlouisiana@fws.gov
Phone Number: 985-882-2000
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Formal environmental education programs, which allow students to experience learning in a natural setting, are offered year round on the refuge. Targeted for various age groups, these programs allow first-hand encounters with the aspects of the refuge's ecology and wildlife. Classroom visits by refuge rangers may also be arranged.

Fishing/Crabbing/Crawfishing - The opportunities for these activities are bountiful. Freshwater lagoons, bayous and ponds serve as production areas for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, garfish, catfish and crawfish. The marshes along Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne serve as estuarine nurseries for fish and crabs. Non-commercial fishing, crabbing, and crawfishing are permitted year round with some restriction in certain impoundments. A small boat launch is located along Highway 11. Contact the refuge for specific fishing regulations and seasons.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on portions of the refuge. A speical refuge hunting permit is required and there are restricted times and regulations. These hunts are aimed at getting youth involved and adult hunters are required to have youth with them when hunting. Information and permits are available from the refuge office.

There are self guided boardwalks and interpretive kiosks located on the refuge.

Canoeing - The varied habitats of the refuge provide rewarding opportunities in areas not accessible by car. The refuge has two launch sites. Spring and fall are ideal for enjoying the many waterways of Bayou Sauvage.

Hiking - The Ridge Trail is the most popular short hike on the refuge, affording views of a variety of habitats. Twenty six miles of levees that surround the interior of the refuge offer great wildlife viewing.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photography - This is allowed throughout the refuge year round, some areas of the refuge have to be accessed by boat. Birdwatching - The diversity of habitats on the refuge provides an opportunity to observe a variety of bird species within a small geographical area. Much of the forest habitat favored by neo-tropical song bird migrants was destroyed from hurricane Katrina. But fall and spring is the best time for these species. Shorebirds and wading birds are present year-round with mottles ducks and wood ducks as common nesters. Each winter thousands of waterfowl make their home on the refuge.

Bayou Sauvage NWR is a daylight use only refuge.

Entrance Fees
There are no interance or user fees on the refuge. A special permit is required for hunting but it is also free.

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